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Weʼre raising £21,515 to purchase a Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber

Birmingham, United Kingdom

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At 17 I had an operation to correct the alignment of my left knee cap as it was too high and out to the side as well as the patella being shallow. I then developed intense pain in my knee. My surgeon and pain specialist diagnosed Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Type 2 - my nerves had been affected in the operation. CRPS is rated the highest on the McGill Pain Scale.

My CRPS type 2 symptoms:
- Severe 24/7 burning pain
- Dramatic increase in skin temperature
- Swelling & stiffness
- Colour change
- Extreme sensitivity to touch
- Reduced mobility
- Strange sensations
- Muscle spasms & shooting pains
- Insomnia

After exhausting all treatment options in my local area I found The Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases which specialised in an inpatient programme for people with CRPS which I took part in. However they too were unable to help me. My specialists have discharged me due there being no other treatment options left.

I researched alternative therapies/trials and found Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. An MS charity centre offers it to those who can self-fund and diagnosed with anything related to the nervous system. I had 20 consecutive sessions to get my blood oxygenated to as close to 100% followed by 2-3 sessions per week to maintain it. There's a lot of science and research on this so please go look! Following the therapy the swelling, burning, and temperature changes all started to reduce which was amazing. Work commitments, finances and difficulties travelling meant I had to stop. Now the only slight relief I get is constant elevation and using ice packs 24/7, I even have a freezer at the side of my bed! But they've reduced the blood supply to my knee causing secondary problems.

CRPS has changed so much of my life and has took away my dreams. I suffer from depression and anxiety due to it, every day I want to give up knowing I'm out of options. There isn't a cure but I need some sort of hope and relief, having a HBOT chamber can give me that.

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  • Paige Howitt3 months ago
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    Paige Howitt

    3 months ago
    Update from the Page owner

    Over quarter of a way there thanks to everyone’s help so far 💛🎊

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  • Paige Howitt3 months ago
    Paige Howitt

    Paige Howitt

    3 months ago

    I’ve managed to get in contact with Oxyhealth. They can adapt a portable chamber so that it can still go to a suitable pressure for me and is a lower cost than the hard shell chambers hence I’ve lowered the fundraising target. Not as far to go now!

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Page last updated on: 8/15/2018 4:59 AM

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403

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Aug 15, 2018

    £30.00

  • Dr Ralph Rogers, Rogers Regenerative Medical Group, Harley Street, London

    Dr Ralph Rogers, Rogers Regenerative Medical Group, Harley Street, London

    Aug 2, 2018

    Paige, it was a pleasure to meet you. I am sorry for the pain and suffering you are having to deal with. Feel assured I will continue to look for a solution to help you - a very brave young lady.

    £200.00

  • Matt Tew

    Matt Tew

    Jul 24, 2018

    £5.00

  • Jenny Cochrane

    Jenny Cochrane

    Jul 23, 2018

    £20.00

  • Claudia

    Claudia

    Jul 13, 2018

    Good luck!

    £10.00

  • M.L

    M.L

    Jul 13, 2018

    Hi,I wish you all the best and that you get the money together.Keep fighting, we'll be fine.Greetings from GermanyMarkus L

    £10.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Jul 13, 2018

    £30.00

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Paige Howitt

Paige Howitt

Birmingham, United Kingdom

I'm 23, live with my partner & we both work but I have reduced hours due to my CRPS. My family are my world. I used to be very active & my dream before CRPS was to be a paediatric nurse. Now I spend a lot of time at home watching Netflix series and being with our 2 dogs.

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