After 7 long years of treatment, actor Shin Dong Wook was back at work! While Shin Dong Wook's rare and incurable illness is still something he continues to battle everyday, it was great to see him make a public appearance to discuss his condition -- but more importantly his progress -- with a bright smile and an open demeanor! 

It was back in 2010 that actor Shin Dong Wook announced he would be taking a break from his career after being diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome / Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (CRPS) - a very rare and extremely painful chronic illness. 



According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke CRPS is a chronic pain condition that most often affects one limb (arm, leg, hand, or foot) usually after an injury. CRPS is believed to be caused by damage to, or malfunction of, the peripheral and central nervous systems. CRPS is characterized by prolonged or excessive pain and changes in skin color, temperature, and/or swelling in the affected area.

CRPS is divided into two types: CRPS-I and CRPS-II. Individuals without a confirmed nerve injury are classified as having CRPS-I (previously known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome). 

CRPS symptoms vary in severity and duration, although some cases are mild and eventually go away. In more severe cases, individuals may not recover and may have long-term disability.


Shin Dong Wook's last roll was in the 2010 drama Stars Falling from the Sky, after which he has been absent from the public eye. This all changed yesterday, on May 24th, when he joined the the cast of Radio Star and candidly discussed his experiences over the past 7 years!

The most heartbreaking but exciting news came together when Shin Dong Wook revealed what life with CRPS had been like...and where he finds himself today:

"My teeth broke while I was trying to resist the pain... Now, it's just my hands that hurt, and the other places on my body have been treated. I don't feel much pain now. The last pain I felt was the cold. In the past, it used to feel like I was getting stabbed with a knife when the cold wind blew. Now, even the air conditioner is ok."

Please join us in wishing Shin Dong Wook continued recovery and a fast return to public life! We hope to see a lot more of him soon!

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