A young woman who suffers from excruciating pain every day is considering having her leg amputated to end her agony.
Paige Howitt, 24, from Great Barr, Birmingham, has complex regional pain syndrome, which causes an unbearable burning discomfort around her left knee.
Ms Howitt has been suffering from the incurable condition for seven years after her nerves were shattered during what was meant to be a routine kneecap alignment operation.
After being close to giving up, Ms Howitt is considering paying £9,000 ($11,834) for a private limb amputation operation, which is not available on the NHS, leaving her with a prosthetic leg.
She said: 'It's just the constant battle. It is a massive gamble I'd be taking but people around me don't know the pain I'm in.
'It's like my knee is constantly burning to the point as if you're on fire.'
Ms Howitt is speaking out to raise awareness of the various fundraising events she is organising.
This article has been adapted from its original source.
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