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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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How RSD Potentially Stole My Dreams- Cope With RSD/CRPS

Published on February 21, 2017 under Guest Blogger for RSDSA
By Guest Blogger Tatiana Being diagnosed with RSD/CRPS is challenging at any age. Being young and going through the challenges of school can make it hard to cope for children and teenagers. Tatiana writes about her experience being diagnosed with RSD/CRPS, her stolen dreams, and how she has ultimately learned how to cope. When I was a young girl, only five years old, I had crazy dreams. Every single time someone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I’d smile, and tell them that I was going to be a dancer. A ballet dancer, to be specific, though I often dreamed of ballroom dancing. Getting to wear a ballgown, heels, and having a handsome gentleman’s hands…
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When Someone Offers You a Cure for CRPS

Published on February 7, 2017 under Opinion
All people that have been diagnosed with CRPS/RSD want in this lifetime is a cure. That’s why so many of us focus on awareness, awareness events, fundraising, and even on keeping up with the latest research. There is nothing more we want than to be the “old” us- the ones that can hop, skip, and play with our dogs, children, grandchildren, nieces/nephews, and so on, without being in excruciating pain and facing all of the consequences that come with it (if we can even get our bodies to move in those ways).  Please note everything in this article is my own opinion. Another common thing is that all of us have been told that someone has a cure. Most of…
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Music & Me- My Way of Coping with CRPS Pain

Published on January 31, 2017 under Opinion
By Samantha Barrett, Special Events Coordinator We all have our ways of coping with CRPS pain. I've been using music to get me through everything in my life, especially CRPS. It's time for me to share with you. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been singing along to music, making up my own songs, and dancing (even in a wheelchair) to anything and everything that comes on the radio. For a vast majority of my life, I was a dancer, a dance teacher, and a dance team coach. Everyone in my family played an instrument or could sing (not me though, I can’t get my voice to cooperate). I’ve always been on more of the A&R/music business side.…
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The Importance of People- Friends with CRPS

Published on January 24, 2017 under Call to Action
By Samantha Barrett, Special Events Coordinator I started my CRPS journey when I was a teenager. Of course, then, it was known as RSD, but a lot has changed over the years. I remember being diagnosed with “Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy,” which instantly made me think that the doctor thought I was faking to get people’s sympathy. But, I soon found out it was so much more. Doctors didn’t give me much hope. They actually told me I would never walk again. But, I’ve always been a determined little monster. I did everything in my power to battle the beast that is CRPS/RSD. Physical therapy, acupuncture, medications, desensitization, and anything that was in experimental phases that I possibly could. But, there…
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Don’t Judge a Book By Its Cover- What CRPS Taught Me

Published on October 18, 2016 under Guest Blogger for RSDSA
By Guest Blogger Shannon Leidig Greetings everyone!  Happy Autumn! I so cannot believe we are almost to the end of October, which means the cold and snow of winter is just around the corner. I for one so am not NOT ready for that.  I truly hope everyone is doing well.  I have been meaning to write another blog for quite a while; however, this thing called LIFE just happened to get in the way – as this was not the blog I had planned to write.  That being said – there has been a situation that has happened that has totally rocked my world and that [is why] I feel I need to write this one titled: “Don’t Judge…
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The Myth of a Cure for CRPS

Published on October 11, 2016 under Guest Blogger for RSDSA
WHAT DOES REMISSION LOOK LIKE? By Dr. Katinka van der Merwe Dr. Katinka van der Merwe is a chiropractor who practices in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She treats the Central Nervous System, (specifically the Autonomic Nervous System) with the “Three Punch System”, recently revised to the “Four Punch System.” Her work is detailed on this site in an earlier blog. She has treated CRPS patients from all over the world in her clinic, and is the author of “Putting Out the Fire: New Hope for RSD/CRPS Patients,” expected to be released on Amazon in November. Her clinic number is 479-966-9766. Through the years of working with CRPS patients, I have often encountered what I refer to as “the myth of remission.” What…
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Comparing Pain- Why We Shouldn’t Do That

Published on September 20, 2016 under Opinion
By Samantha Barrett There are some things that we all do subconsciously. We judge books (and people) by their covers, we tell little white lies to spare people’s feelings, and we compare our pain to the pain of people around us. None of these actions are particularly good for us, especially when it comes to comparing pain. But why is something that comes so naturally to so many of us harmful? It is a touchy subject, so let’s dive right in. I was diagnosed ten years ago with CRPS/RSD. At the time, I was incredibly young and getting bullied for having a condition that no one could see. I needed to educate myself so I could educate others. When I…
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The Friend Who Didn’t Tell Me About Their Chronic Illness

Published on June 1, 2016 under Opinion
By Melissa Lovitz, Guest Blogger for RSDSA Dear Friend, I think you didn’t tell me about your chronic illness because I didn’t create a space for you to share with me more about your whole self. I wasn’t fully open and honest with you either – I’m sorry. Living with an invisible illness isn’t easy, and sometimes the shame and stigma that is associated with our conditions hinders our ability to be forthcoming about this important aspect of our lives. But, our silence perpetuates the invisibility of our illnesses – just saying. I think you didn’t tell me because you’re so used to, and good at, managing your condition on your own.  I am too! I wonder if you thought…
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5 Do’s and Don’ts When It Comes to People with CRPS

Published on March 8, 2016 under Guest Blogger for RSDSA
By Guest Blogger Anna Evenosky   So often we find ourselves in situations where people are trying their best to help us when in reality they very well may be hurting us. I can see how being a loved one of someone with CRPS can be challenging in more ways than one. You may find yourself not knowing what we want from you. I hope these 5 Do's and Don't give you more insight as to how you can help and comfort us.   DO: Ask us how we are doing. Our CRPS is something that is always on our mind and we appreciate knowing that somebody is thinking about us. You don't need to worry about bringing up a…
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