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I was in my first car accident in 1987 which resulted in a diagnosis of Whiplash Syndrome and included pain and stiffness in my neck, shoulders, and upper back. I received chiropractic treatments for about 18 months, which helped decrease the symptoms, but did not fully resolve the cause of the pain. From 1989 through 1991, I was a cashier at a department store, engaging in repetitive movements. This created a deep, achy pain which spread down my back, and into my hips, buttock and legs, sometimes causing a slight numbness.
I am a 46 y.o. woman, diagnosed in 1998 with RSD/CRPS after a fall at work where I injured my left knee. I had been living with Fibromyalgia since I was 16 but after surgery and 6 weeks of P.T., The pain in both legs and feet was like nothing I'd ever experienced before. My Doctor at the time didn't really know anything about it and just prescribed pain meds. In 2001 I moved to Oregon and have had nothing but trouble ever since. Most of the Doctor's hadn't even heard of RSD and said it couldn't be that, I have asked at least 3 Doctor's that I remember to then find the correct diagnosis, they each said, 'maybe it is RSD', not in so many words, but I got the impression that Drs.