Greenville man speaks about CRPS
GREENVILLE, Mich. (WZZM)-- Ian Burr, 28, is remaining positive, despite a fall which triggered a condition that he still lives with to this day.
It's a story first reported by our partner, the Greenville Daily News.
In February 2009, Burr slipped and fell on ice, injuring his left hand in the process. The deeper physical impact was not apparent until several weeks later.
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, or CRPS, is a rare condition that can develop after a traumatic nerve injury. It attacks nerve and muscle tissue, leaving the affected area useless.
Various forms of therapy and pain treatments have done little to ease Burr's symptoms. Until recently, he had planned to have his left hand amputated. That was before Burr's insurance provider called Monday, informing him the surgery was off, pending another medical opinion.
When Burr's story recently came out, the letters, post and phone calls came in from CRPS sufferers across the globe.
"I want people to understand that this is a serious nerve disorder that a lot of people are suffering from, and I'm hoping this brings some light out on it," said Burr.
Burr is still awaiting word from his insurance company on whether the operation will be covered. No new surgery date has been set.