Newbie to the forum, but have had RSD/CRPS for more than 16 years.
While my RSD was caused by a botched surgery, I do know about Jessica's case (the girl the story was about), she first began having symptoms shortly after she got the tick bite. I've heard of many cases of RSD/CRPS starting from something as simple, or "minor" as that.
When I did the coma in Mexico I became familiar with lots of different cases. Hope this helps clear things up, and yeah, the take away message was weird but at least they are giving RSD some publicity, hopefully it will pressure researchers into finding more options for us.