Nobody Said It Was Easy..

Sometimes people only see what they want to see, hear what they want to hear, but do they really “hear” , “see” it”? It’s all perception! We live in a world of perception and deception especially online.  The typed word is “perceived as “tone of type”. People take from it what they will. Imagination goes with it, fantasy, an idea of who or what you are. Tone of Type means how the other person takes your post, how they imagine it as if it came from your lips. It may not be what it is intended to be though after all there really is no tone, there is no voice, there is no body language.. it’s all the typed word. No seen or heard emotion. Nothing to actually base the tone on. I’ve shared so much through Social Media over the years, but I assure you, even with those who I thought were “friends”, I’ve never shared everything.

Since December of 2012 my life, our lives  have changed drastically, but let me be fair in saying that just because I haven’t shared like I used to that it hasn’t continued.

(I know some of you know)

Due to betrayal, I haven’t revealed what I might have. I’ve shared pieces and parts. At the end of 2013 I learned a valuable lesson. One that carries with me. I already had reservations and a trust issues.. that person only reminded me that barriers and walls are meant to be kept up.

My husband had already had 2 heart attacks, he had 2 stents in his heart since he was 37 when the first occurred. The second occurred in 2011 if my memory is serving me correctly. Not many months after that our son, who was a freshman at the time sustained several brain injuries that still existIMG_0263 today, so while I praise all of his efforts and good deeds online, we are still working to relieve him of symptoms, like breathing, smelling and other issues.  I will not be ashamed to say that he was diagnosed with ADHD and was on Adderall for it for some time. By choice, partly his choice, we decided to go off the Adderall over a year ago and let his body take it’s course. He’s strong!  He’s young! My Lil ‘ OZ! My husband had a quad bypass 17 months ago and is still dealing with Diabetes, Neuropathy, and the aftermath. He takes 11 medications upon waking, 4 in the afternoon, 11 at bedtime. I could care less about me anymore, even though it’s hard. Yep, hard! He took care of the me, I couldn’t keep up on so much, now I have to pull for all of it and I …

Will!

ErikandRikki

 

 

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Some people think because I have hope in my heart, once every 3 months or so that I’m able to go out that I think my shit don’t stink, that I’m better than someone else…

I’m not! Nor would I ever think it. Seriously? ! I’ll be the play’a in my own game!

A pretty outfit, a little make-up, one leg leaning to the hard left while the other holds it up, wheelchair in the van, the stick out of view, but no one knows..

Invisible diseases are even invisible among the very people they should be acknowledged from.

Even those in remission are looked down upon, I mean you can’t have a bad day, you’re in remission, right? Wrong! Remission only means an absence of symptoms for a time being it doesn’t mean that no symptoms will present.

A time being can be minutes, hours, days, weeks..  there is no absolute!

Those people still hurt too, still feel fatigue and get sore, wear down more quickly than someone without an illness.

I’m not in remission! I just understand those who are.

Now have a CRPS patient taking care of another ill disabled person… add struggles, surgeries, life, precious children, the grand baby. This has been my life. As my son approaches another surgery next week…

When you think you’ve had enough and you can’t go on….  Go On!

Don’t ask me how I do it..

Auto pilot!

Don’t ask me how I feed the dogs, the cat, love my children, my grandson, my family, however distant…

Or how I take care of my grandson…

Don’t ask me about me..

Don’t even ask me how I lift my eyes..

Just know that I do..

~ #TVa

#StrongerThanPain

(But he leaned in and whispered it might be worth it)

 

 

I originally wrote this weeks ago and used the same title recently on FB to show how proud I am of my (our) grandson De’Mantai Xayvier Howard who made 8 consecutive honor rolls and graduated at the top of his second grade class (and the entire school) . … (this post was written before that and left in drafts)

FAQ: Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy | The Dr. Oz Show

FAQ: Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy | The Dr. Oz Show.

 

Philip Getson, D.O. • Yesterday (July 25, 2013) “I was given the honor of having a post on RSD featured on droz.com Please feel free to comment on it” 
“I am delighted to get the disease the exposure it so deserves”. “Here is the link for the RSD post” These above are the personal words of Dr. Getson, I have quoted. 
http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/faq-reflex-sympathetic-dystrophy

 

I am delighted that Q & A’s regarding CRPS/RSD (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome/Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy) made it back to Dr. Oz. via Dr. Getson.

In addition, the differences between CRPS/RSD and Fibromyalgia were touched on.

Paula Abdul tried to do her part in sharing the debilitating outcome this illness causes, but as some of us know television editing can leave a lot out.

Even so I think Paula made her point. There were some people that tried to convince me of how terrible she did, I re watched that segment I can’t tell you how many times and the bottom line is she did great! How much can you do in so little time. It wasn’t an RSD specific show in the first place it was to showcase a vitamin line of healthier living. So yep, good job for what she had to work with.

For Dr. Philip Getson who has been educating and treating CRPS/RSD for decades, I am honored to have spoken to him briefly via email and look forward to again. I also look forward to the P.A.I.N. SUMMIT hosted by the Power of Pain Foundation during Pain Awareness month where he will be Guest Lecturing. I would love to meet him in person and attend the conference in Arizona but if not, I will still be attending via UStream and have already registered.

 

~Twinkle V.

Seeking Photos for the Video Slide Show Presentation “People Striving to Make a Difference in the Lives of Those Suffering and Surviving CRPS/RSD”

People Striving to Make a Difference in the Lives of Those Suffering and Surviving CRPS/RSD.

Hi everyone!

I’m seeking Photos for a future video that will feature those of you who strive to make a difference in the lives of those with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome/Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy.

Once all photos are in it will be fairly decided who will be featured in the video. Space will be shared with other’s who work just as hard yet has either never been or has rarely been recognized for their efforts. September is Pain Awareness Month and if all goes well this video will debut during that month.

Your photo can either be a head shot or a body shot. Send up to 2 photos, if you like!

Along with your photo, in the email body, please include:

1. Name, Foundation, Organization, Website Name, Blog Name, Radio Station, Etc. (You can also list all of the above)
2. City and State. (Or  Province/ Country) (This video is not limited to the United States)
3. A brief bio on what you do (or have done) to make a difference in the lives of those suffering to survive CRPS/RSD. If the bio is too long it may be edited for space.

If you are a Mother or Father taking care of your CRPS/RSD diagnosed child, you are making a difference in the life of someone. If you are a child (adult or minor) of someone with CRPS/RSD and you are caring for your parent, you are making a difference, too.

In your email please add that you are giving me permission to use your photo and info. (I, (your name/organization), hereby give my permission to Twinkle VanFleet and RSD(S)-CRPS Advisory to use my photo and enclosed information for the Video Slide Show Presentation People Striving to Make a Difference in the Lives of Those Suffering to Survive CRPS/RSD that will be made public via YouTube.

I have personally invited a few people to be featured. If you do not get a personal invite from me this does not at all mean that I would not love to feature you. Please don’t feel shy or as if you aren’t good enough or haven’t done enough. You are just as important! This will be an annual project! No one will know from me if I’ve contacted you or if you sent on your own. That will be your business to disclose or not! ~smiles

Deadline- August 15, 2013. If you need a few day extension due to pain, please let me know before the deadline.

Please send to: submissions@crpsadvisory.com

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. :)

Thank you!
~Twinkle VanFleet

Independent RSD/CRPS Patient Advocate, Spokesperson, and Educator.

California Ambassador at the Power of Pain Foundation

Cortical Integrative Therapy with Dr. Victor M. Pedro on Living with HOPE Radio Show with Featured Host Trudy Thomas

Living with HOPE Radio Show with Host Trudy Thomas LogoThe following information has been taken from notes as a listener to the show and research, nearly all the words themselves belong to Dr. Victor M. Pedro. I take no credit for these. My goal is to get this non invasive seemingly promising information out so that other’s may find it a hopeful treatment program in their journey with CRPS/RSD, Chronic Pain, TBI’s and other illnesses and conditions.

Yesterday on the Living with Hope Radio show with Featured Host Trudy Thomas and Co Host Barby Ingle . Dr. Victor M. Pedro discussed Cortical Integrative Therapy (CIT®) a technique he uses and developed.

The entire show can be listened to here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thebodymindandspiritnetwork/2013/05/29/living-with-hope-with-host-trudy-thomas  The Living with HOPE Show is Sponsored by the Power of Pain Foundation.

Dr. Victor M. Pedro’s career began as a Chiropractor and continued on with a Post Graduate in Functional Neurology. He says ” it was a very good starting point for brain function and innovative treatments that could begin to make a difference in peoples lives. He was fortunate enough to receive grant funding from the Rhode Island Legislature which permitted him to do a variety of studies and to study with significant people to get a more in depth and cutting edge picture of what was available in Neurology and how the brain functioned.

Trudy asked ” Does this therapy work for other conditions other than RSD? Dr. Pedro stated Yes! What he wanted his contribution to be is the person credited with creating an algorithm for understanding where in the nervous system to intervene.”

There are plenty of resources that will explain what a brain dysfunction is or pathology is, disease process or diagnostic procedure to figure out what folks are complaining about.

The rehabilitative model is where the challenge for the future lies.

Barby ask’s “Does every patient have a different algorithm? Or do you find they are similar with the same condition? The doctors answer’s ” By algorithm I mean a process we go about to evaluate what the affliction is or what’s wrong with the patient.”

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy or Dysautonomias in general are a condition Dr. Pedro has a particular interest in. With this condition he tries to find out how the autonomic system is dis-regulated or not working well and then his team tries to decipher in the patients does this person have Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) because the Sympathetic Nervous System is too high and not being inhibited or is it the Parasympathetic System that’s undergone demise and not effective.

“The treatment is actually different and makes all the difference in the world to the patients outcome, Dr. Pedro say’s.”

Barby ask’s ” Similar to Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI’s) Would there be a different protocol for that?

Dr. Pedro answer’s “A different protocol in terms of how we’re going to add on different diagnostic pieces to the evaluation. Then we begin to identify precisely which modalities the patient needs. A TBI patient may have a similar pathology of an RSD/CRPS patient, may have similar findings, however we may go about the treatment process slightly differently.”

One of Dr. Pedro’s patients and a good friend of Barby Ingle’s just did an interview which will be released in this Saturday’s (June 1, 2013) edition of Pain Pathway’s Magazine. Please look for it!

Physical, emotional and nutritional needs are also taught this during treatment.

The autonomic nervous system delivers fuel to the body and brain. The autonomic nervous system is the automatic part of the nervous system that controls your heart rate, size of arteries delivering blood or fuel to the body and into our brain itself. This part of the body can be evaluated through a series of tests.

Someone with a compromise in their sympathetic nervous system may not have as much profusion as should be present. The long term consequences are considered regarding how this is effecting the tissue and that’s why the trophic changes present in this pathology.

Barby ask’s “Is maintenance treatment required or is this a one time process?”

Dr. Pedro states “The evaluation process takes 2 to 4 hours depending on the patient.” Based not only on tests, but the patients ability to participate.”

At the end of the evaluation we attempt to draw for them what we believe is wrong in the nervous system and make an educated hypothesis as to where the dysfunction is and what can potentially be done to correct it. A series of windows of observation, sympathetic, autonomic windows of observation more appropriately. We identify these at the end of the initial observation and we give the patient a treatment to see if their pain level comes down significantly or at least appreciatively.

That signals to us they are a good candidate for our program.

Dr. Victor M. Pedro is founder and president of Rhode Island Integrated Medicine, located in Cranston, RI.  An accomplished, Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist, Dr. Pedro pioneered the development of Cortical Integrative Therapy (CIT®)—a breakthrough, research-based treatment designed to address brain and neurological dysfunction in both children and adults.

After remarkable success using CIT® to treat school-age students diagnosed with speech, attention and learning disabilities, Dr. Pedro applied the treatment for use in patients with Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy or CRPS, dysautonomias, and traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Over the years, Dr. Pedro has lectured extensively on CIT® as a non-invasive, cost-effective treatment for TBI, pain syndromes, dysautonomias, and other brain-related disorders.

Cortical Integrative Therapy (CIT®) has been successful in treating a wide range of painful and debilitating conditions including: ADD/ADHD; apraxia; ataxia; chronic pain; dystonia; dysautonomias; hypotonia; memory difficulties; movement disorders; Parkinson’s disease; Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)/Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS); RLS; sciatica; traumatic brain injury; tremors; and vertigo, balance, and gait problems.   ©Rhode Island Integrated Medicine

Other keywords in the interview- Inhibitory system, Renshaw cells, Autonomics, Small diameter fibers, Dysautonomias, Limbic system, Antonio DeMazio

http://corticalintegrativetherapy.com/ Cortical Integrative Therapy Rhode Island Integrated Medicine- The Brain Rehabilitative Specialists

http://corticalintegrativetherapy.com/blog/ NBC 10 Health Check Special Report: TBI & CIT® March 04, 2013

~Twinkle VanFleet, California State Ambassador Power of Pain Foundation

If I have mis stated any facts or quotes please contact me at: caambassador@powerofpain.org  I will make any corrections immediately. Thank you!

RSD Patient Seeks Community Support

In a telephone interview yesterday May 14, 2013 a Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy patient stated she has temporarily lost custody of her 16 year old son to Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families (DSCYF) and they are trying to remove her 9 year old daughter. The patient from Delaware shared that the vibrations and sensitivity to her hearing has been documented by her doctor and that children services believes she has a mental disorder.  Apparently a case worker for the State did a search for CRPS/RSD and found an article which included “Emotional Disturbance” as part of the condition and is using this against her.

Let me try to be more specific while CRPS/RSD can cause a number of secondary symptoms it absolutely does not mean everyone will have them. Unless your doctor has diagnosed you with a mental disorder I do not think this type of state worker is qualified to do so this way. And certainly not by Google search.

Jim Moret, Host of Inside Edition, Attorney and Author of The Last Day of My Life describes his own journey with his son’s CRPS diagnosis in When Pain Becomes the New Normal. 

Many of us already face the stigma involved with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome formerly known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy first discovered during the civil war by Silas Weir Mitchell. It is not a mental disease or disorder. It is a physical condition which begins with physical characteristics and symptoms.  www.powerofpain.org  www.rsds.org

Because this illness is so misunderstood and because there are still so many that are uneducated regarding it’s existence patients face anything from “but you don’t look sick” to “you must be a drug seeker”.  This disease does not discriminate! Even children can develop it.

A very high percentage of us, I don’t have the exact statistics, yet I’d guess it to be in the high 90 percentile were active members of society, we worked, raised children, were active in our lives, if single parents raised children alone, some of us had everything, others like myself had enough to just be happy.

Now let me ask you this…

Why would we give all that up for this?

I admit I worry about the single mothers out there with CRPS/RSD who lack family support.  Especially when the family does not believe in the illness and when the patient is on disability and the family thinks the patient should be working. Again no education and understanding.

Many don’t even want to know. Do you know how many times I have listened to patients tell me how they tried to reach out to their families, spouses, children with educational material, videos etc, just to learn those people were not interested?

To me it’s no different than learning about Parkinson’s, Heart Disease, Diabetes or any other illness. Would you be interested in that?

This is why ongoing awareness for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome/Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy is so very important and why the power of community is just as important.

There are many disabled parents out there in the world caring for their children.

Each CRPS/RSD patient should be treated on a case by case basis, we should not all be clumped together, one size does not fit all, but the diagnosis is the same.

Autumn asks for your help. She asks that anyone who can come forward to write a letter on her behalf, make a phone call or support her in any way to email her at: Autumn Stevens

~Twinkle VanFleet

RSDSA Integrated Solutions to CRPS Conference May 10, 2013- The Experience!

RSDSA Integrated Solutions to CRPS Conference May 10, 2013

The Experience by Twinkle Wood-VanFleet

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My husband Erik and I left Sacramento California at approximately 5:15 a.m Friday morning to head to the Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Assocation’s Integrated Solutions to CRPS Conference located in San Francisco California at the Double Tree Hotel Burlingame.

I was attending on behalf of the Power of Pain Foundation as their California State Ambassador, CRPS/RSD Advocacy, New CRPS information, Solutions, Reviews, Community, Friendships and the RSDSA for without them coming to San Francisco I would have never made one of their conferences for years if ever.

We arrived shortly before 8:00 a.m for registration check-in. Everyone at the RSDSA check in table was kind and very helpful.

We located our seats and chose not to sit too close to the front, but on an isle so that I would have easier access to move about as needed. So that some do not misunderstand this was not only due to my CRPS, I am pre surgery for another issue as well.

As we were getting coffee, Kaitlyn Stevens Pintor of the Bay Area Support Group and Guest Speaker at the Conference found me and introduced herself. We know each other online, but this was our first in person meet. She called me beautiful on 2 separate occasions, which made me blush, since she is really the beautiful one. She was also very kind and upbeat.

I know that many probably did not expect for me to have so many body piercings. Specifically my face. While they are included in all my online photos I can not always be certain if they are noticed or not. Judgement did cross my mind but was hoping since most already knew me online I would be judged by that, if anything. I am not ashamed of the piercings. I will go on to explain why in a moment. One thing I am very embarrassed of however is the decline of my teeth. The severe injury that caused my CRPS type 2 was in January of 2001. My teeth were perfect! By 2004 I had lost a filling, now I will lose all of my top teeth and need a full denture. It’s not just that I will lose them but the condition of them is beyond awful. Between medications and the CRPS that is where I am at. Without funds I’m at a stand still.

Lets move on.

Dr. Pradeep Chopra MD began discussing the Nervous System, Central Nervous System, Glia Cells, Central Sensitization, The Peripheral Nervous System.

He discussed how all sensations eventually travel to the Central Nervous System.

Pain signals from the body are processed even before they reach the brain.

CRPS  is a dysfunction of the processing system.

In CRPS a barrage of pain signals from the body reach the spinal cord and a number of changes take place.

As the spinal cord and brain becomes flooded with this barrage of pain signals the nerves in these structures become hypersensitive.

NMDA receptors are activated

Glia Cells are activated.

Central Sensitization causes activation of certain receptors called NMDA receptors.

Decreased sensitivity to opioids.

Opioids, CRPS and Glia DO NOT get along.

Ketamine was approved in 1970 as an anesthetic.

Ketamine blocks NMDA receptors.

In CRPS it decreases central sensitization.

Rough estimates. 85% show improvement in their daily lives, reduction in their medication. It is not a cure! It helps the quality of life.

Low dose IV Ketamine administered over 4 hours. Increase based on response.

Follow up boosters on out patient basis as needed.

There is a sublingual (under the tongue or cheek) Ketamine Troche to be used in emergency flare up situation only.

Again Opioids and Narcotics are known to activate Glia though a receptor that is distinct from classical opioid receptors.

Dr. Peter Abaci MD and John Massey MD

Bay Area Pain and Wellness Center

Functional Restoration Program (FRP)

Pain can become a disease in itself!

Restore Function!

If you are from the Bay Area please look these doctors up.

Book- Pain Brain- Peter Abaci MD.

As many of you know I went to the Compass Center for Functional Restoration under Dr. Michael Levin MD of the Sacramento Pain Clinic and Director of Compass and Rick Wurster MSG, MPT, BCIAC who taught me so much at the program. I have life long support and can attend each Monday for the rest of my life. Please attend one if you can. It not only helps your physical body but all psychological aspects of pain. It can truly change your life.

Kaitlyn Stevens Pintor of the Bay Area Support Group

Building  Community, real and virtual, organizing support groups both online and offline, weekly, monthly, annual fundraising and much more. Commitment!

On to more

DMSO 50%

Vitamin C can prevent CRPS after fractures. 500 mg for 1.5 months. Incidents of CRPS dropped significantly. (It doesn’t hurt to try)

Neurotropin- Available only in Japan. It helps with Allodyna and hyperalgesia.   (It is in Clinical Studies here)

Service Dogs.

Inflammatory- Cytokines, Substance P, NGF, CGRP, TNF, IL-6

excite and sensitize pain receptors

Neurogenic inflammation

Inflammatory cytokines are associated with Central and Mechanical

Amplification

Hyperalgesia is an increase to sensitivity.

Allodynia is pain caused by non stimuli.

CRPS is associated with thermoregulatory problems.

Somatosensory Cortex

Body Distortion

Image Changes

The involved limb in perceived as larger.

The person can become hostile toward that limb.

They can disassociate themselves from their limb(s).

Changes are reversible and get better with time.

CRPS leads to substantial reorganization.

Primary Motor Cortex- Controls the voluntary movements of the body.

CRPS can lead to wide spread impairment.

Dystonia is involuntary movements of the body. (Changes in the motor cortex)

Brain Remapping. Example- Mirror Therapy (Mirror Box Therapy)

Avoidance/Fear Avoidance

Pain –> Fear–> Behavior Changes

Sharon Weiner- Don’t let RSD/CRPS define you and much more!

I also had the opportunity to meet Dr. Mark DeBruin of  DeBruin Medical Center in Sacramento Ca.

While all of the information above was taken by hand written notes at the RSDSA Conference the original information and credit belongs to Jim Broatch, The RSDSA, Pradeep Chopra MD, Peter Abaci MD, John Massey MD (Bay Area Pain and Wellness Center), Sharon Weiner, and Kaitlyn Pintor.

I had the opportunity to lead Group 3 of patients at the conference. The question was asked earlier in the day “What is the best advice you’ve ever been given (throughout your journey with CRPS). At first I was quite nervous, but once settled it all came quite natural. Thank you Kaitlyn! I brought up the idea to Kaitlyn about writing each patients answer down and we did that! They were turned in at the end of the conference. I was honored to be chosen to lead Group 3. Thank you so very much again! I loved meeting and talking on an individual basis with each and every one of them.

My own answer to this question was when I wake up each morning to not tell myself  how horrible or painful of a day it will be… when I have no way of knowing it yet.

I know it takes time to learn that one! So often we tell ourselves it’s just going to be that painful, but it doesn’t always have to be. Practice keeping those emotions down and your pain can be lower too.

Back to my piercings. I explained it during our group 3 session. I did not have these piercings pre injury/CRPS. I did it to divert my CRPS pain and while it only lasted hours to days it sidetracked me enough at the time. I was a late diagnoses. Again I was injured in Jan 26 of 2001, and while I went through the surgery to attempt to repair and another to remove the screw and 8.5 months of hard PT after etc etc, I was not diagnosed until 2003, did not get to Dr. Levin at Sacramento Pain Clinic until 2004 (second opinion and confirmation) and didn’t get a first block until 2006. That same year my trial spinal cord stimulator and permanent SCS were implanted. So I did a few stupid things including causing myself bodily harm. I no longer do those things but I can walk in the shoes of others who suffer. I suffered to survive. I hurt every day but I am alive! And now these piercings are me and I have to love me. Thank you to that group for understanding almost instantly however shocking it may have sounded initially.

And finally we were not able to stay for the 2nd day’s Cruise around the Bay, but at last minute did decide to stay the night. We did that for a couple of reasons. One was to get to know those present even more, another we were already so very tired having hardly slept the night before and up at 4 a.m for the trip, we rarely ever ever get out and about with others and it was mom’s day weekend. His gift to me! Along with baby roses he stashed here at home that he gave me today. I can plant them later.

We truly enjoyed our time with you, each staff member,  patients and caregivers.

The slide presentations are located at: http://www.rsds.org/education.html

~Twinkle Wood-VanFleet

California State Ambassador Power of Pain Foundation

Founder- RSD(S)-CRPS Advisory www.CRPSAdvisory.com

Founder- RSD(S)-CRPS Advisory Info & Support Group

https://www.facebook.com/groups/RSDCRPSAdvisory.InfoSupport

Founder- Help The Power of Pain Foundation Assist Those with RSD/CRPS and Other Neuropathic Conditions

Founder- Causes Page same name as above- http://www.causes.com/CRPSA4POPF

Founder- Voices Carry- Where Your Voice Is Heard

This is a CRPS/RSD and Health Information Resource!
A page dedicated to sharing all things related to Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS Type 2)/Causalgia and Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD/CRPS Type 1) and Health Topics.

Power of Pain on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/powerofpain

If I have written or stated anything  offensive or in error, please contact me at:

If regarding the POPF:  Twinkle VanFleet caambassador@powerofpain.org

If in general:  Twinkle VanFleet Twinkle@crpsadvisory.com

 

A few photo’s of the conference itself, the evening after and the next morning. Each photo belongs to it’s rightful owner.

 

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Sacramento Area to Offer Ketamine Treatment for Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) and Fibromyalgia Patients

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DeBruin Medical Center

9352 Madison Ave. Ste.1

Orangevale, CA 95662

(916) 989-2929

Monday-Friday 8am-5pm

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Mark DeBruin of DeBruin Medical Center will soon be offering Ketamine Treatment to RSD/Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome and Fibromyalgia patients.

Dr. DeBruin uses the same protocol as Dr. Schwartzman and Dr. Getson to give his patients the best opportunity to achieve a remission. He also offers boosters and follow up medical care as needed.

The doctor is accepting Workman’s Compensation insurance, Personal Injury cases, and pre -approved insurance coverage. He will also be taking cash patients at $1000 per day.

Dr. DeBruin, a Diplomat of  the American Board of Family Medicine is a well respected physician who has practiced medicine for over 18 years.

He completed his medical school training and Internship at Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1988 and his residency in Family Medicine at San Joaquin General Hospital in Stockton, California in 1990.

Upon receiving his board certification in Family Medicine, Dr. DeBruin opened his private practice on 9352 Madison Ave. Ste.1 where he still resides today.

Since this new clinic is still forming you may not find much information on it yet as it is still in it’s infancy, but rest assured  IV-Infusion therapy with a Ketamine cocktail is finally here in the Sacramento CA area.

We have waited a very long time for a clinic to reach the Greater Sacramento Area and it is with my hope that 1000’s of fellow patients receive the relief in pain levels they so desperately deserve.

Like any intervention we have to play a major role in our own recovery and perhaps in our own remission. The Ketamine and doctor will be our tools, our boosts, our helpers, that help we’ve longed for, but we will have to get up and move with it afterward, change the sedentary lifestyle we’ve become accustomed to due to our chronic pain and disabilities and take advantage of the success!

“Yours, if you choose to accept it” ~Barby Ingle

The process of getting the treatment will not happen over night. One must have patience. Last month became 12 years since the injury that caused my RSD. I’ve also experienced Fibromyalgia for the last 10. If it takes another 3 or even 6 months, I still truly have something to look forward to.

My process for the treatment has begun and I look forward to a “Remission Possible” ~Barby Ingle

It was my experience that I would be responsible for getting my treating doctor to order the heart, Psychological clearance, lung clearance and blood tests required to go forward with my Ketamine treatment with Dr. DeBruin.

Dr. DeBruin has made arrangements with hotels near his medical center for patients and families to stay at a remarkably reduced price. Please speak with his office staff for details.

I will continue to update you with more information as it shared with me by my source.

For further information about the Ketamine Treatment, please contact barby@powerofpain.org or call 480-882-1342 at the Power of Pain Foundation

Or if I can be of any assistance myself  Twinkle CAAmbassador@powerofpain.org

Jackie Jurek Appearing with the Power of Pain Foundation at Convoy of Hope Sept 15, 2012

Introducing Jacqueline Jurek, a contestant in the nationally televised “Miss CALIFORNIA USA” Pageant, Jackie will be representing Folsom Cali USA and has joined the team at the Power of Pain Foundation.

Jacqueline Jurek is an aspiring neuropsychologist from Sacramento, California. She graduated High School in 2007 with honors at El Camino Fundamental and went on to SDSU where she recently graduated in May of 2012 with a Bachelors of Art in Psychology. She is currently in the process of applying for Clinical Psychology Grad School at Sac State While taking EMT classes at a Local Community College and interning with the Sacramento Country Coronors office in the Invesigative Department. In her spare time Jackie enjoys the outdoors, staying fit, and spending time with family and friends. Swimming, hiking, country concerts, and being involved with her church are among the activities she enjoys the most. She’s all for standing up for what you believe in, striving for your goals, and making sure not to take life too seriously that you forget to enjoy it.

As a contestant in the the nationally televised “Miss CALIFORNIA USA” Pageant, Jackie will be representing Folsom Cali USA and is excited to join the team at the Power of Pain Foundation with her passion in neuropsychology and is ready to help make a difference in her community and her fellow neighbors.Jackie will be making a special appearance at this years Convoy of Hope being held at the Cal Expo on September 15, 2012 where we will be distributing valuable and informative pamphlets, books and materials on Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome/Causalgia and Neuropathies, raising RSD/CRPS awareness, answering questions, having a photo book of RSD/CRPS limbs available for viewing, a free raffle and more.
Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Type 1, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Type 2/Causalgia is a painful, debilitating, neuropathic and auto immune disorder. Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome (RSD) also known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)/Causalgia is an illness first discovered by Weir Mitchel during the Civil War. Over 10 million people have been diagnosed in the U.S. Alone. The McGill Pain Index rates RSD a 42 out of 50 and is listed as the most painful chronic disease that is known. While it seems as if it is a rare disease it’s not, yet not many know about it. It’s our goal to change that.
RSD/CRPS is a physical condition. Any depression or psychological manifestations are secondary do to the illness and due to the fact it is so painful to live with.
Practical Management of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
Eric S. Hsu, MD*
Abstract:  Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) describes a diversity of painful conditions following trauma, coupled with abnormal regulation of blood flow and sweating, trophic changes, and edema of skin. The excruciating pain and diverse autonomic dysfunctions in CRPS are disproportionate to any inciting and recovering event. CRPS type I is formerly identified as ‘‘reflex sympathetic dystrophy.’’ CRPS type II is the new term for ‘‘causalgia’’ that always coexists with documented nerve injury. The present diagnostic criteria of CRPS I and II depend solely on meticulous history and physical examination without any confirmation by specific test procedure (or gold standard). There are only few clinical studies with large-scale randomized trials of pharmacologic agents on the treatment of CRPS. Bisphosphonates have been studied in multiple controlled trials, based on theoretical benefit of bone resorption, to offer pain relief and functional improvement in patients with CRPS.Many current rationales in treatment of CRPS (such as topical agents, antiepileptic drugs, tricyclic antidepressants, and opioids) are mainly dependent on efficacy originate in other common conditions of neuropathic pain. There are additional innovative therapies on CRPS that are still in infancy. No wonder all the treatment of individual CRPS case nowadays is pragmatic at best. Although the interventional therapies in CRPS (such as nerve blockade, sympathetic block, spinal cord and peripheral nerve stimulation, implantable spinal medication pumps, and chemical and surgical sympathectomy) may offer more rapid response, yet it is still controversial with unpredictable outcome. Nevertheless, we need to start pain management immediately with the ambition to restore function in every probable case of CRPS. An interdisciplinary setting with comprehensive approach (pharmacologic, interventional, and psychological in conjunction with rehabilitation pathway) has been proposed as protocol in the practical management of CRPS. It is crucial to have a high sensitivity value combined with a fair specificity in revising diagnostic criteria of CRPS. The validation and consensus for new rationalized diagnostic criteria of CRPS could facilitate further research to enhance clinical outcome including quality of life. These endeavors to minimize suffering from CRPS would certainly be appreciated by many patients and their loved ones.
keywords: complex regional pain syndrome, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, causalgia, pharmacologic
More recently we have learned that RSD/CRPS is a Neuro Inflammatory and Neuroautoimmune disorder. It can effect any part of the body. It can spread from a single limb to several and it can involve the internal body as well. This does not happen in all patients, but it can happen.
Not only will Jackie be representing the Power of Pain Foundation with me, but she will be available to take photos and sign autographs with the guests that come to our booth. Come support Jackie, the Power of Pain Foundation and the Convoy of Hope at this spectacular event! We hope to see you there! September is Pain Awareness Month!
If you have any questions or for further information
Contact: Twinkle VanFleet
CAAmbassador@powerofpain.org
916.850-0RSD(0773)
(This #  is not for personal use)
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Sacramento Balloon Release Fundraising Event for the POPF

As the Event Coordinator and California Ambassador for the Power of Pain Foundation (POPF) I would like to invite you to Help raise awareness in a balloon release fundraiser project this summer in Sacramento California for Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome (RSD) aka Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) and Chronic Pain issues. Each balloon/balloon bunch will have a 4 sided tag attached. The tag will include your name/business name and short message, POPF Info, and RSD Info.

Saturday, July 21, 2012  – 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Location- To be announced

Pricing is:

$2-1 balloon

$5-3 balloons

$8-5 balloons

$16-10 balloons

Pre-order Balloons at http://powerofpain.org/fundraising, be sure to include your name and short message in the comment section when completing your order. Names will also be posted on our website!

You do not have to be present in Sacramento California to participate. We will release your balloon or balloon bundles for you.

All purchases are tax deductible. The Power of Pain Foundation is a non profit 501(C)(3) Charity.

Not only will this help our cause, but will also give you advertising opportunities whether as a business, organization, foundation or individual. Your name, business name etc will be included on the tag released into the air.

Whoever finds it will not only learn about our us but you also.

For more information and to watch for updates including upcoming location Please visit and check back regularly at Public Event by Twinkle VanFleet and Barby Ingle at https://www.facebook.com/events/314514498596759/

Please help us and join our cause! We’re helping to raise continued awareness for Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome/Causalgia, Post Cancer Pain, and Diabetic Neuropathy.

We’re supporting the Power of Pain Foundation (POPF) in their ongoing efforts to assist patients and caregivers dealing with these and other life altering Neuropathies. Beneficiaries include patients who are economically and socially affected by these invisible diseases.

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome/Causalgia that effects over 10,000,000 people in the United States alone. It is also an auto-immune disorder.

RSD/CRPS is a painful, progressive and often debilitating, neurological disorder that affects the network of nerves along the spinal cord. The Sympatheic Nervous System is commonly known as “Fight or Flight”. The left side of our brain contains the Para Sympathetic, the calm side and the right contains the Sympathetic. Imagine a frightful event, a tiger enters the room. The fight or flight response is our basic human instinct of survival. Fight the animal off, and face the serious consequences (fight) or get the heck out of there (flight aka fly away).

Image that a car alarm has been activated. You’re not sure why it was barely touched. It continues on with the loud noise. You finally realize that nothing you do is stopping it. Sensitivity may have triggered it but in any event it never shuts off. In this analogy there is no solution to shutting the alarm down. None!

Of course the option would have been to either cut the wires to cease the noise or to somehow dismantle or uninstall the system causing it. The alarm is the non stop seemingly never ending pain that a RSD/CRPS patient feels constantly.

There is no cure to date!   Hope to see you there!

If  you have RSD/CRPS and are interested in possibly working this event with me or can help in anyway please email me at twinklevanfleet@crpsadvisory.com

Faces of Pain Video 5 by the Power of Pain Foundation

The Power of Pain Foundation is a 501(C)(3) Non Profit Charity dedicated to the heath and welfare of patients and caregivers struggling with Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy RSD, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome CRPS and other Neuropathic Illnesses such as Diabetic Neuropathy and Post Cancer Pain.

There are 10 million people diagnosed with RSD/CRPS in the U.S. alone. This is a  chronic, painful, debilitating and often progressive autoimmune and neurological disorder that affects the Sympathetic Nervous System and the network of nerves along the spinal cord that send messages to the brain.

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These are the faces of survivor’s

This video was produced by Twinkle and Kurtis VanFleet of RSD(S)-CRPS Advisory