Unable to move, Jarrett Seck’s fight for COMPLEX REGIONAL PAIN SYNDROME

There’s nothing more thrilling suiting up, putting the pads on,” says Seck, bringing to mind the thrill the game day used to give him. Jarret Seck is a defensive linebacker for the Regina Thunder and studying at the University of Regina to become a physiotherapist

In September 2015, Seck was exposed to a rare chronic condition called the Complex Regional Pain Syndrome also known as the complex regional pain syndrome, after being injured during  the football game.

During his second season in a game, Seck met with an offensive injury, he didn’t give the injury much importance at first and even continued playing, however, the next day he felt something was wrong when the pain started in his leg

He spent the summer of 2016 getting MRIs and visiting specialist, his pain only got worse to the point where he was unable to stand


complex regional pain syndrome  is considered to be caused by damage to the peripheral and central nervous system  from trauma such as an injury. Complex regional pain syndrome  is an unexpected response from  the nervous system that expands the effects of an injury. It’s often difficult to diagnose and in many cases it goes undiagnosed. In Secks’s case, he didn’t learn he had complex regional pain syndrome  until a year passed after his football injury

He has lost function in both of his legs and his left arm, leaving him bedridden in addition he continually experienced excruciating pain as if his bones are being crushed and his ligaments are being torn

In the United States, complex regional pain syndrome  has been categorized by The National Organization for Rare Disorders as a rare disease means lesser than 200,000 people across the country suffer from the illness

Some of the Seck’s symptoms are visible. His lower legs and feet are almost completely white from flaking, scaly skin. His toenails bring pain if you even try to clip them.

Painkiller were unable to provide Seck with any relief. Since the illness is neurological, pain killers merely take the edge off.

Seck exhausted his suffering and his only hope then lies at The Pain Management Institute Chicago, Frankfort

Seck, undergone a back surgery for relief and had a nuero modulator planted inside his body. Two leads run from a batter in his stomach area that go into the mid spine

Other possible treatments include:

  • Sympathetic nerve block
  • Intrathecal Drug Pump
  • Spinal cord Stimulation

The hope is the treatment will relief Jarrett’s pain levels, and would open doors to Physiotherapy and perhaps one day enable him to recover the use of his limbs

Jarrett will have a couple of weeks to observe  if his body starts responding to the treatment. Right now the goal is just to cut down his pain, even if only by half. Says Dr. Zaki Anwer, MD