L.A. Teen Seeking Treatment For Disease That Causes Constant Excruciating Pain
A simple injury playing sports has derailed the life of Michael Lopez, activating a debilitating condition that has filled his everyday life with excruciating pain. Michael was in the eighth grade and playing football when he injured his knee, which triggered this disease. It’s a rare disease that affects 200,000 people each year, and there is no cure, but there is treatment; however, that’s expensive. “So my son has CRPS, that’s complex regional pain syndrome, and basically the brain is looping and sending pain signals throughout my son’s body continuously,” said Michael’s dad, Michael Lopez Jr. Over the last 14 months, the Lopez family has experienced intense pain. Michael, suffering from the debilitating illness, faces both emotional exhaustion and severe physical pain to the point where he cannot be touched or hugged. “We’ve gone through times where his spine feels like it’s been ripped out of his back. We’ve lost many days of him crying in pain and saying things that a parent doesn’t want to hear because he feels like there are times that he just can’t go on anymore because of the pain,” Michael’s father said.