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Never Let Pain Define You- CRPS Inspiration

Published on May 23, 2017 under Guest Blogger for RSDSA
By Guest Blogger Gabe King Guest blogger Gabe returns this week. After his blog entitled "A Thorn in the Flesh" was well-received, he returns to write about how CRPS pain can change you, but it doesn't need to be in a negative way. "Don't let pain define you, let it refine you." -Tim Fargo With chronic pain, it can be very easy to allow it to define who you are. You can feel like just giving up and allow it to control every inch of your life, letting it decide who you can be. In all honesty, I have found myself doing the exact same thing. Because of how extensive and unpredictable our condition is, we find it extremely difficult to…
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You Want to Write About CRPS, But Don’t Know What to Say

Published on May 16, 2017 under blog
By Special Events Coordinator, Samantha Barrett To write about CRPS is to expose a part of yourself that is vulnerable, but so important when it is shared. Members of our community have voiced an interest in writing about CRPS, but didn't know where to start. Here we go! Writer’s Block. Anxiety. Fear. Overwhelming thoughts. All of this contributes to an issue that I hear about all to often. Members of the CRPS community want to write about their experiences, both good and bad, but it can be incredibly difficult to find a starting place. How can you get past the barriers to write about your own experience, whether it’s for public viewing or for your eyes only? Finding a starting…
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A Thorn In the Flesh-A Chronic Pain Journey

Published on May 9, 2017 under Guest Blogger for RSDSA
By Guest Blogger Gabe King This blog was originally featured on Gabe King's blog site Treasures on the Sand. This blog was submitted to us by Mr. King with full permission to share his chronic pain journey.   For many of us with chronic pain, we can only remember suffering. It can be very hard to think of the times that were pain-free, living our lives like normal human beings. However, this is not the path Our Heavenly Father has in store for us, for He has a greater purpose at hand. Though this is the case, it can still be a difficult journey, walking through life with what the apostle Paul referred to as a "thorn in the flesh."…
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Managing RSD/CRPS As A Chronic Illness from a CRPS Warrior

Published on May 2, 2017 under Opinion
By Guest Blogger Emily S. Nunez Emily has been living with CRPS/RSD and learning how to best manage it. Here, she includes her tips and tricks to control your CRPS/RSD as a chronic illness. She finds the following tips helpful for her own pain.   The reality of living with RSD/CRPS is that it is a lifelong chronic illness, which requires management and attention to avoid exacerbating symptoms.  I consider myself very fortunate to have most of my RSD symptoms under control at the moment.  But I do get flare ups of pain and swelling from time to time, and I’m always aware of how my affected foot is feeling in order to prevent symptoms from getting out of control. …
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Happy Disabiliday – A Letter from A Canadian CRPS Friend

Published on April 25, 2017 under Guest Blogger for RSDSA
This Disabiliday blog was originally featured on Pain Matter's website (Click on the word Pain Matters to see the original article). It was submitted to us by Paula to share with our wonderful #TheTuesdayBurn community. We hope this helps inspire all those living with disabilities, especially CRPS/RSD. "You may remember Paula Orecklin, the inspirational Canadian CRPS patient whom I wrote about in yesterday’s blog post: Let’s Talk To An Inspirational Young Canadian Woman, Paula Orecklin, About CRPS, Sativex, Physiotherapy and Neuroplasticity (There are additional References and Links at the end of this blog post.) This week, Paula sent me a beautiful letter to share with all of you (see below).  Paula’s letter contains a very important message for everyone, on behalf of all people living…
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SPPAN Tracking State Issues- How Can We Help CRPS/RSD?

Published on April 18, 2017 under Call to Action
This blog was originally titled "How SPPAN Went From Tracking A Few State Issues A Year, To Monitoring 1,900- And Changing the Rules in Several States." It was initially posted on Connectivity. You can click here to find it in its original form. At RSDSA's Nashville conference, pain-related legislation was a major hot topic. Some of the most frequently asked questions were about pain legislation and how to move towards change. RSDSA was offered this blog by CQ Roll Call to help explain a little bit of what SPPAN does and how one person can make a difference. How can this help people with CRPS/RSD? How can we move towards progress? The article starts below: "Here’s how one organization (for…
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RSDSA Finds Great Success At Nashville CRPS Conference

Published on April 11, 2017 under Events
By Samantha Barrett, Special Events Coordinator As we regroup after a fabulous weekend in Nashville, Tennessee, we thought it would be nice to do a quick recap of the events that happened this past weekend. An amazing group of people with CRPS, caregivers, and supporters joined us to make this one of our most successful conferences yet! This past weekend, RSDSA staff and board members traveled to Music City to host Treating the Whole Person: Optimizing Wellness at Opryland Resort and Convention Center. This was our first time to Nashville and excitement was abundant. After months of planning, we couldn’t believe how quickly the event came up. Upon arriving at Opryland Resort and Convention Center, our jaws dropped. We never…
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The Impact of Mindfulness on RSD/CRPS

Published on April 4, 2017 under Guest Blogger for RSDSA
By Guest Blogger Emily Salser Nunez How important is mindfulness and CRPS/RSD? According to Emily, it is crucial. Read Emily's story and then see how being mindful helped her.   Eight months after fracturing my small toe in a simple misstep, I was diagnosed with Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD).  I had never heard of this disorder when my podiatrist concluded this was what was causing my excruciating pain and inability to walk.  I knew something was seriously wrong, as over time my foot felt like it was burning and became bluish-black in color.  So, at first, I was relieved that I finally had an explanation for what was happening to me.  But then the podiatrist looked at me with deep…
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Ketamine Treatment Centers- Carolyn’s CRPS Treatment Story

Published on March 28, 2017 under RSDS General Info
Please meet Carolyn! Carolyn has been suffering with CRPS for many years now and we are so happy to share her success story.  After undergoing Ketamine infusions at Ketamine Treatment Centers, Carolyn has had a significant improvement in her quality of life and she was gracious enough to share her story and experience with us!     For any questions, please call us at 888-566-8774 or email us at info@ktcpartnership.com Click here to visit Ketamine Treatment Centers' Website. See you in Nashville!!!!   View Carolyn's Ketamine Treatment Centers Story Below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVgZVvNU3pw
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The CRPS Wedding Chronicles- Almost There!

Published on March 22, 2017 under Stories of Hope
By Samantha Barrett, Special Events Coordinator Getting closer to the wedding date, Samantha updates everyone on some of the tips she has learned through the wedding planning process with CRPS. What questions do you have for Samantha? She can answer them in the next edition! Hello friends! It’s been a while since I’ve update you on the wedding chronicles. We are just about 3 months out from the big day (I know, crazy, right)? But I’m getting extremely excited, although a tad overwhelmed. Recently, my health hasn’t been the best it could be. My CRPS has gone into occasional flares, but the EDS and POTS have been what is really affecting me. But the EDS contributes to CRPS pain for…
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