CRPS Awareness Day 23: Why We Are Thankful Despite CRPS

Published on November 23, 2017 under RSDS General Info
Compiled by Samantha Anderson Thanksgiving can be a particularly difficult time for people living with CRPS. The holidays in general are stressful. Whether you are hosting dinner at your house or have to travel to a relative’s house, it can be stressful. However, Thanksgiving is a wonderful part of the year, as we get to reflect on why we are thankful. Sometimes, it can be difficult to be thankful when you are living with the pain associated with CRPS. But, there is always at least one reason. We asked members of our wonderful RSDSA community to let us know what they are thankful for this year. We received an overwhelming amount of responses. After reviewing everyone’s amazing submissions, we wanted…
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CRPS Awareness Day 22: 5 Things I Do To Kick RSD’s Butt

Published on November 22, 2017 under Guest Blogger for RSDSA
By Guest Blogger Melissa Lovitz While many people across the United States are preparing for Thanksgiving, we thought it would be fun to feature this listicle about what you can do every day to kick CRPS/RSD's butt. This author wrote a great list for us to feature. Here's what she does. My RSD reminds me daily that I don’t have control over my body and I will hurt physically and mentally sometimes just because the wind blows. It’s easy to get defeated by this reality and lose power over your own life. RSD thrives off this mentality. It invades your body and is pleased by your compliance with its painful trajectory.   If I’m being honest, it’s easy to let…
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CRPS Awareness Day 21: Three Different Perspectives About CRPS

Published on November 21, 2017 under Guest Blogger for RSDSA
By RSDSA Board Member, Bob Lane RSDSA welcomes board member Bob Lane to TheTuesdayBurn. Mr. Lane has been a CRPS caregiver, a support group facilitator, a foundation leader, and now an RSDSA Board Member. See CRPS through his eyes in all different perspectives. I would have never thought that I would be writing a blog about CRPS. For those of us in the CRPS community, everyone has a story. This is my story… Where do I begin? As a former caregiver for someone who experienced full body CRPS, a Board Member of RSDSA, or as a CRPS support group founder and leader? As you will see, there is an obvious progression to this time-line. Caregiver: My wife, Maria, was diagnosed…
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CRPS Awareness Day 19: Hot Tub, Cold Turkey

Published on November 19, 2017 under Guest Blogger for RSDSA
By Guest Blogger Nancy Meagher Nancy details a day in her life with CRPS pain. A day of hot tubs, wine, and workout routines. What does Nancy learn through her journey through time? Find out! Submerged in the rough swirling water, my feet become redder than most. All ten of my half moon nail beds glow almost a fluorescent white. They reach the tips of each toe. I feel a bit freakish as I climb out of this warm friendly place and I slip into the pool to begin my daily laps. The cold water of the pool is duly noted by my overheated feet. The sudden temperature drop causes them to sting and I switch from laps to kick…
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CRPS Awareness Day 17: Attending Events In Pain

Published on November 17, 2017 under RSDS General Info
By Samantha Anderson When was the last time you went to an event? A wedding, a reunion, a birthday party, a holiday- they all count. It can be incredibly stressful to prepare for these events, especially when you cannot predict how your CRPS pain is going to be. But, every day, we continue to push to make it to the things that are important to us and those we love. I thought it was only appropriate to write this blog, as I am attending a wedding tonight after injuring an area of my body that is greatly affected by CRPS earlier this week. With that being said, congratulations to my cousin Andrea. This is inspired by your wedding! Preparation. It…
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CRPS Awareness Day 16: What We Lose When We Undertreat Pain

Published on November 16, 2017 under Guest Blogger for RSDSA
Vlog by Kate Nicholson This video is being shared with Kate Nicholson's permission. Kate was a civil rights attorney for the Justice Department when pain consumed her life. Using opioids to function, she moved on to become a federal prosecutor. Based on her experience, she recorded this TED Talk to show how the opioid "crisis" is harming the people in pain that need it and how it harms so many when we undertreat pain. Thank you to Kate for sharing her story and her opinion on such a large platform. We are honored to share it through our blog as a vlog. The full description of this YouTube video states: "Kate Nicholson was working as a civil rights attorney for…
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CRPS Awareness Day 15: Young Chronicle Featuring Courtney

Published on November 15, 2017 under Stories of Hope
By Ashley Epping Courtney developed CRPS when she was 14 years old in her right foot; seven years later at age 21, she is now a pre-med student at Gordon College studying biology. Unusual circumstances happened between Courtney’s story and my own. Courtney and I went to elementary school together in 2006; I then changed school districts as we moved into middle school. Three years later, Courtney was diagnosed and informed that there was another young girl with CRPS in our city. Courtney and I were then reunited by CRPS and went on to connect our families, treatments and therapists. She was the first to enter the Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Program at Cleveland Clinic. My family and I traveled to…
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CRPS Awareness Day 14: The Anatomy of Hope

Published on November 14, 2017 under Guest Blogger for RSDSA
By Katinka van der Merwe Dr. Katinka is back to write about the anatomy of hope. What does she mean by this? How can a chiropractor impact lives of people living with CRPS/RSD? After finding her purpose, Dr. Katinka did just that. From neuromuscular reeducation to microcurrents, read all about it here. Six years ago, I was a chiropractor bored to death in practice. The public viewed me much the same as they view all chiropractors. I probably “cracked” backs and necks. That is what chiropractors do, right? I reached out for help in any way I could think. I attended seminars, I visited successful and happy chiropractors, I read motivational things. Everywhere I looked I was told to “find…
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CRPS Awareness Day 13: Becoming an RSD Warrior

Published on November 13, 2017 under Guest Blogger for RSDSA
By Guest Blogger Amy Marie Suss There are moments in which we realize our lives are changing, forever. Amy Marie Suss realized hers was changing a decade ago. Little did she know, this day would lead to RSD/CRPS and to becoming a warrior against pain. April 30, 2007.  That was the day my entire world changed.  I was driving home from work when a 17-year-old kid blew a stop sign, going well over the speed limit, while trying to make a ninety degree turn less than fifty feet in front of me.   There was nothing I could do and I hit him -- head on.   I remember bits and pieces from the rest of that day.  The sound…
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