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CRPS and Mental Health- Stress and Other Elements

Published on November 22, 2016 under Guest Blogger for RSDSA
By Roderick Borrie, Ph.D.   The last thing Penny expected was to be seeking help from a psychologist.  She had always been a fiercely independent person who could take on most problems and solve them on her own. Penny was the one who took care of others, not the other way around. An accident at work in January, 2015 changed all that. After some convalescing and physical therapy, Penny assumed that she would be able to bounce back to her old self. But that didn’t happen. At first she was merely frustrated by the tenacity of the pain in her neck and shoulder, but it evolved into fear as her pain worsened and spread into her left arm and down…
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Calmare Scrambler Therapy- When Traditional CRPS Treatments Don’t Work

Published on October 4, 2016 under Guest Blogger for RSDSA
By Michael J. Cooney, D.C. Clinical Director | Calmare Therapy NJ USA. Originally Titled: Calmare Scrambler Therapy- When Traditional CRPS Medications & Treatments Don't Work My 30-year career has revolved around treating pain. Since I was a kid, I was always trying to “fix” everybody. In high school, I played on the tennis team and was the self-designated team doctor. Decades later, Dr. Kelly and I grew frustrated that we could not lessen the pain of some of our treatment and medication-resistant patients at our clinic located just outside New York City. So we went in search of a non-invasive pain treatment to help the patients dealing with severe neuropathic pain and we discovered Calmare. We introduced this technology in…
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A Measured Approach to Pain- Help People with Chronic Pain

Published on September 13, 2016 under Guest Blogger for RSDSA
By Guest Blogger Elisa Friedlander Written for the Huffington Post initially titled: A Measure Approach to Pain: Tools to Help Patients and Doctors "There’s one question I’ve been asked more than any other in my adult life. On a recent visit to the emergency room, I heard it once again. My pain was so intense I could hardly tolerate the standard intake procedures: getting my blood pressure taken and explaining why I was there was beyond me. When I told the admitting nurse about my symptoms, she followed up with those overly familiar words. “What’s your pain level on a scale of 1-10?” I couldn’t do it. It might have been the feeling of scalding hot knives piercing my body…
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A Journey with CRPS/RSD Through the Gift of Music

Published on June 7, 2016 under Guest Blogger for RSDSA
  By Guest Blogger Shannon L. Everyone has that one thing that gets them through their CRPS/RSD battle. For Shannon, it is music. Read her story below. “WOW” is all I can say as I sit back and reflect on the past 26.5 years in dealing with RSD (yes, I know the correct term is CRPS but I still call it RSD).  In the midst of all the changes in my life as a result of RSD, the one constant in my life has been my music and how it has helped me deal with the pain. I have been wondering how to even start this blog, as so much has happened over 26.5 years - all the doctor appointments,…
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But I Still Look Fine- Living with Chronic Pain/CRPS

Published on May 10, 2016 under Guest Blogger for RSDSA
By Guest Blogger Tara White, RN, (Disabled)   I used to be a very active woman. I proudly served as a corpsman in the United States Navy for five years. I went to Nursing School and loved working in Obstetrics for twenty years. I climbed the difficult back of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park twice, and felt alive while cycling many hundreds of miles a year. I loved training with weights, power walking, skiing, kayaking, yoga, and many other outdoor activities.   Like many other women, I made a very poor choice of a first husband, though got a wonderful daughter out of the deal. Raising her by myself with microscopic child support but tremendous family support, I’ve watched…
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CRPS Wedding Chronicles: Venue Hunting

Published on April 5, 2016 under Stories of Hope
By Samantha Barrett, Special Events Coordinator Last week, you were able to read about a bit of my engagement story. I got engaged in October and we instantly started planning (hey, I’m an event coordinator by trade, it was only natural). We signed up for all of the wedding planning websites, bought a giant wedding planning binder, and started keeping a wedding planning idea notebook. So now it's time for the next story in the CRPS Wedding Chronicles! Since we’ve been together for almost nine years, we’ve talked about some of our wedding details before. Our colors are purple and silver, our theme is Beauty and the Beast, our bridal party was selected instantly, and our potential vendor list was…
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CRPS Wedding Chronicles- The Engagement

Published on March 29, 2016 under blog
By Samantha Barrett, Special Events Coordinator   In 2015, I had one of my worst CRPS flare ups, thanks to a dislocation from EDS (Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome). It was scary to me because it was the one limb I had not experienced pain in. But, it happened and I was in a wheelchair. I fought my way out of the wheelchair and back to my zebra print cane after a few months. I was ultimately used to flare ups at this point, as I was nine years into my diagnosis with CRPS. What did I do when I was able to move again? I went to a renaissance fair with my boyfriend and a group of friends. I had been looking…
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So You Want to Dance- A New Way to Help CRPS

Published on February 2, 2016 under Guest Blogger for RSDSA
By Ryan Ferrell Do you sometimes struggle to get Enrique out of your head? Yo quiero estar contigo, vivir contigo Bailar contigo, tener contigo So does Lucrecia Martinez, a physical therapist from the Silicon Valley. She wrote about wrestling with her chronic pain after an injury in last summer’s Community Update (page six): Until then, my passion in life had been dancing. My husband and I met dancing. We loved to escape on date nights to dance salsa, cumbia, merengue, and any other Latin-infused music. At first, I denied that pain could rob me of my passion. I would grit and push myself through the pain. I feared that, if my husband and I could no longer dance, he would…
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RSDSA Spotlight: Dear Body

Published on January 12, 2016 under Bully Free Zone
Written by Melissa Lovitz, Guest Blogger for RSDSA Dear Body, I’m sorry for wishing you were different and calling you flawed. Living with chronic pain for twelve years taught me to question a lot and dislike much about you. In the chronic pain world we’re encouraged to constantly ask ourselves, “are you hurt or does it just hurt?” We live in a world where “find a distraction” is our first line of defense because “find a reason” and “find a solution” aren’t always possible. The absence of an explanation from you about why it hurts makes me crave reason and logic that much more; that directly conflicts with my experience of pain for which there is little semblance of such…
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Fighting Back: The War Against Chronic Pain Sufferers

Published on December 11, 2015 under Call to Action
By Suzanne Stewart, author of "Tears of Truth" blog Think back to the Gun laws.  Remember how some citizens were against taking guns away from the “people”? The reason being, that the “bad guys” will always have access to them and the “good guys” who are in need of protection; get killed in the meantime because their safety net, their weapons to fight against being robbed were taken away from them! Well, my friends, the same thing is happening now, this 2016;  to “real pain patients” fighting against being “robbed” of their “safety net, their weapons” to fight against the chronic intractable pain, and nerve pain that “WE” live with day in and day out. Yes, I am one of…
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