Man Suffering From Cruel ‘Suicide Illness’ Feels Like His Limbs Are In Boiling Water


Jack Puttock, from Bedfordshire, suffers from complex regional pain syndrome, a condition known as “suicide disease” because many sufferers take their own lives.

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Jack Puttock in the hospital

A Briton suffers from a condition known as ‘suicide sickness’ in which he feels as if his limbs are in boiling water.

Jack Puttock injured his wrist three years ago, and after eight months of confusing doctors and misdiagnoses, he was referred to a pain specialist at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

It was here that he was diagnosed with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), BedfordshireLive reporting .

It is also known as the “suicide disease” because many sufferers take their own lives to stop the daily excruciating pain.

The disease affects 26 in 100,000 people, but there are few cases in the UK.

When he tried to explain what the pain in his arm felt like every day, Jack compared it to a thousand cuts on his arm or submerging it in boiling water.

Research on CRPS suggests that it can be worse pain than amputation, childbirth, or a broken bone.

The pain can also flare up to unbearable levels.

Jack struggled at times to get his CRPS claims taken seriously by doctors


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In addition to the pain, Jack struggles with constant fatigue from his medication, as well as headaches, seizures, and loss of function in his right arm.

For Jack, what started just at his wrist slowly moved to his fingertips and his elbow. He needs daily medication to feel like he can function.

Then, last year, the pain returned to another area, this time in his intestine, leaving him not only in extreme pain but also diseased.

Traditionally, CRPS moves to the other branch, but it can also go internally.

In November, he was hospitalized, but doctors dismissed his symptoms as IBS and not CRPS, making Jack angry that they weren’t listening to him.

He said: “I knew what CRPS pain felt like and I knew what that was, but the doctors didn’t listen and ruled it out as IBS.

“ It is very frustrating not to feel heard. I know my body better than anyone and understand the difference in pain.

“I was so relieved when a doctor sat down and listened and understood how bad she was and ordered all the necessary tests to establish that CRPS was causing her to be so sick.”

Since leaving the hospital, the pain has now spread to his stomach and esophagus, making it difficult to eat. Jack now takes six to seven medications a day to try to help.

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The saddest part for Jack is that if he had been diagnosed earlier, the outcome would have been very different for him.

With proper medication and physical therapy early on, you may have been in full remission and not left with the impact this now has on your life. But Jack is determined not to dwell on that thought.

He said, “It’s so easy to wonder what if, but I need to move on and do something with my life.”

Despite everything he’s been through, Jack has had a very successful time recently. He completed his first semester at Anglia Ruskin University, where he studies international business administration.

He managed to turn in all of his work on time without any extensions and only got a two percent discount on the grades he earned.

The ‘suicidal illness’ (CRPS) started in Jack’s wrist and has now spread to other parts of his body.


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Jack also started a successful web agency by creating a website with a friend, since a traditional nine-to-five job isn’t good for his health, and he now enjoys the benefits of being self-employed.

He said: “A lot of people with CRPS can’t work because of medication and pain, and I didn’t want that for myself. I know my limits and I stay within them. But I’m determined to do something positive with my living and not living.” “.

Another positive step Jack has taken is building a fantastic social media support network of peers with CRPS and other chronic health conditions to help him not feel alone.

Through them, he found a potential treatment at a clinic in Arkansas, USA, that uses holistic methods to rebalance the nervous system and relieve pain.

Two people he knows who have had the treatment have had great success with it and went into remission, leaving Jack wanting to try it for himself.

However, it costs £37,000 for the treatment alone, and an additional £13,000 will then be needed for flight, accommodation and visa costs.

Jack has been using GoFundMe to raise funds and has so far managed to raise over £2,500 to cover costs, but he hopes others will be generous enough to donate.

He said, “This treatment has the potential to change my life. I know it’s a large sum of money, but no matter how small the amount, it helps me reach my ultimate goal of living a pain-free life.”

Anyone wishing to donate to Jack’s GoFundMe for his life-changing treatment can do so here.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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