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A Nurse’s Fight Back Against CRPS- Impacting Other Nurses

Published on October 17, 2017 under Giving Back
By Guest Blogger Nurse Beth Seickel When RSDSA was asked to be a part of ASPMN-LI's 16th Annual Pain Conference, we were happy to join. Nurse Beth, a CRPS warrior, is one of the first people we wanted by our side during this. She was kind enough to write about her experience. She is a nurse fighting CRPS while educating others.   RSDSA was invited to be part of the “ASPMN-LI Chapter‘s 16th Annual Pain Conference” at the DeMatteis Center for Cardiac Research and Education in Greenvale, New York, an annex of St. Francis Hospital on Long Island. The (ASPMN-LI) American Society for Pain Management Nursing-Long Island Chapter’s mission: “TO ADVANCE AND PROMOTE OPTIMAL NURSING CARE FOR PEOPLE AFFECTED BY…
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Slowing Down with CRPS- How To Say No While Staying Happy

Published on September 12, 2017 under Opinion
By Samantha Anderson I've lived with CRPS for 11 out of my 24 years on this planet. I've always been a type-A personality that hates turning down a job or a favor for anyone. This has gotten me into a pickle. Why is slowing down important? Based on personal experience, and observation of the CRPS community for over a decade, there is one thing that so many of us have in common. We all struggle with slowing down. What do I mean by slowing down? I mean leaving work or cutting back hours, not making cupcakes for your niece’s birthday party, staying home instead of going out, and the like. Over the years, I have noticed that I have a…
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A New Month, An Almost New Season- What’s Coming in CRPS/RSD

Published on September 5, 2017 under Events
I can’t believe it is September already! Before we know it, the leaves will start falling, pumpkins will start glowing, and it will be sweater weather (at least here in New England). Not only do all of these amazing things happen, but this is when our events really start to kick up. Woohoo! We’re starting September off with a bang. This coming weekend, we will be in East Meadow, New York at Eisenhower Park for the 2nd Annual Long Island CRPS/RSD Awareness Walk. This event is going to be spectacular, as the committee members have worked tirelessly to put together a great day. There will be raffle items, crafts, fake tattoos, a barbeque, and of course an environment of hope…
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RSD and Me- A New Full Time Job

Published on July 11, 2017 under Guest Blogger for RSDSA
By Guest Blogger Sylvia Miller Being diagnosed with RSD CRPS can cause people to go through a range of emotions: denial, frustration, confusion, sadness, incompleteness, etc. Sylvia writes about what it was like trying to find an answer that wasn't RSD/CRPS. What happens after the RSD diagnosis? How can you impact your life regardless of the pain?   3 years ago, I suffered a fall and fractured my ribs.  From that point forward, it seemed to be that I reached out to any doctor to [try to] understand the pain I encountered.   A physician diagnosed me as having RSD, but I thought, surely, this doctor is wrong.  So, I continued to research and search for any understanding about RSD and…
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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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