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PAIN WARRIOR: Greg VanStedum’s Story (Ketamine Infusion)

October 6, 2010

This is a video of a 28 year old man named Greg VanStedum AKA Mole, who grew up in a small town in Michigan called Ellsworth. Greg was a very active young man until a co-worker’s carelessness changed his life forever. A 250 pound log fell off from a conveyor belt and onto his right foot. This caused the neurological disorder known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) or Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD). Greg was injured on March 1, 2005. He has been completely bed ridden for the past 3 1/2 years and has only left his small apartment 4 times. Every time he has to go somewhere, he needs to be transported on a stretcher by ambulance with the help of family and EMTs. Greg’s family, fiancée, and friends are putting on a benefit dinner for him on March 13, 2010 from 5pm-7:30pm at the East Jordan High School in East Jordan, MI. We are raising funds to send him down to a world-renowned specialist in Tampa, FL named Dr. Anthony Kirkpatrick. At this clinic in Florida, Greg will be given titrated doses of ketamine infusions over the course of 3 days. He has tried every other procedure out there for CRPS, but all treatments failed. This is one of his last hopes to live as normal and pain free of a life as possible. If the treatment in Florida does not work as successfully as we hope, then Greg would like to be sent to Monterrey, Mexico where he would be placed into a medically induced coma using high doses of Ketamine. Since Worker’s compensation is unwilling to pay for this procedure, we are putting on a benefit so Greg can get his life back…he is literally a prisoner in every sense of the word. He is a prisoner in his own body. A faint breeze causes unbearable pain, along with the burning, crushing, stabbing pains and severe muscle spasms he has to deal with 24 hours a day, every day of his life. His pain level is a constant 10 on a pain scale, and his CRPS has now spread from his right foot to include the whole lower portion of his body from his mid-back down to the tip of his toes.  If you would like to help in any way…make donations, donate your time, or simply pray for Greg, we would truly appreciate it. Even if you would just like to hear Greg’s story, or learn more about this horrific disease. Complex Regional Pain Syndrome is so under diagnosed and needs more research attention. We MUST find a cure! Please spread the word. This disease is more common than most people think, so why is it that most doctors and nurses have never even heard of it? We need awareness about CRPS, so please educate your friends and family…you just may know someone who has these symptoms of CRPS but hasn’t been diagnosed yet. The sooner a patient is diagnosed, the better his/her chance of remission is! Thank you and God Bless :o) [IVORY311 Youtube channel]

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  1. michele permalink
    February 8, 2012 3:06 am

    February 7 2012
    Hello,

    I’m not sure if anyone will even respond to this but I will leave my message anyway. Today I just learned about Greg’s horrific disease that has taken over his life and his body. To see this disease take a young man full of life and reduce him to such suffering is heartbreaking. I cannot imagine. I have been trying to find out how he is doing now since the ketamine treatment/s however his website/blog has no information or updates. I will continue to pray for a miracle and for continued strength to carry on for Greg and for his family.

    It seems like I am just ‘putting this out there’ but I sincerely pray for his recovery so that he can live the life he truly deserves.

    Thank you for reading, and if possible, responding.

    God Bless,

    Michele

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