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!

Now I Lay Me Down… (An RSD/CRPS Poem)

Poem Now I Lay Me Down by Twinkle Wood VanFleetThis poem is dedicated to all my RSD/CRPS brothers and sisters. It was written only a few months ago. For many years I had a popular poetry site called Golden Rainbow Poetry and became Golden Rainbow Poetry Creations as it evolved. I had a small business license back then under the same name.

Many of my poems have been lost, some have been found and others are hopefully backed up on a drive I have not located yet. From my earlier years of writing there is a journal type book somewhere that has dozens hand written in. I am hoping it is in the garage in a box.

Soon I will begin to share the ones I do have available. Some have been published in both hard print and audio, in hard bound compilations of 100’s of poets together in 1 book, 4 of my poems live inside those, others on various internet sites. I wrote a poem for 911 that is on audio. The project was published as both hard bound book with an audio CD, mine made it to the audio part.

Each of my poems have a mood, some in imagery that leaves the reader to wonder the meaning and also to connect with the words themselves.

Some of these poems could come from the reader themselves. It could be anyone, anywhere and at anytime.

It is still Nervember (November) National RSD/CRPS Awareness Month. I hope the poem above brings a bit of awareness to those who can’t seem to grasp the meaning of RSD/CRPS. Or… What it feels like.

A special thanks to Barby Ingle, Trudy ThomasChris Greulich, and the Power of Pain Foundation.

Thanksgiving is less than 2 days away. I have much thanks to celebrate. Especially for the having the very best husband in the world, my children, grandson and the fire in my flesh and bones I survive however hard.

I am thankful for those friends mentioned above.  I am thankful for my mom, sister and extended family. I am thankful for being here to help others, I am thankful for those who help me.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Always be as well as you can be

Wishing each of you pain eased days and nights…

 

Help Make It Happen! Aunt Barby Hurts – A Children’s Book about Chronic Pain

Please, Help fund this project in NERVEmber! 2012

Aunt Barby Hurts – A Children’s Book about Chronic Pain
A full-color story book that will improve the daily lives of families that deal with the struggles associated with Chronic Pain.

To understand the importance of this book, Watch the Video!

Go to http://www.indiegogo.com/aunt-barby-hurts to make a contribution to this great project.

Please make a contribution no matter how small, every dollar helps us reach the goal. This is a unique and worthy project to help our young population understand how to interact with those who experience some kind of chronic pain. Contributions can be as small as $1.00 and gifts will be given to the higher donations starting at only $10.00.  Click on the image and see what its all about.

What we’re hoping to do, with your help, is create a children’s story book that deals with the topic of chronic pain. It will be a fully illustrated story; not merely an instructional handbook. And the goals of the book will be to introduce the idea of chronic pain, comfort children who know someone with chronic pain, and to help them learn ways of playing with, showing affection for and caring for that person.

What?

What we’re hoping to do, with your help, is create a children’s story book that deals with the topic of chronic pain. It will be a fully illustrated story; not merely an instructional handbook. And the goals of the book will be to introduce the idea of chronic pain, comfort children who know someone with chronic pain, and to help them learn ways of playing with, showing affection for and caring for that person.

Why?

I was watching my son and his cousins interacting with their aunt Barby, who suffers with chronic pain. It was difficult for them to understand why they couldn’t give her hugs, or make loud noises. Looking at her, she doesn’t seem hurt; she doesn’t have a cast or even a band-aid. Chronic pain is often invisible, which makes it difficult for children to understand.

They would forget and sometimes play too rough with her. Sometimes that would hurt her and she would cry out; then they would feel guilty, as if they are the one that caused her to be in pain. They even started to think the best thing was to leave her alone and play somewhere out of her way. But Barby wanted to play with them, talk with them and show them how much she loved them.

Seeing this, I wondered how this might be playing out in other homes with family members who suffer from chronic pain. Over 116 million people in America have chronic pain. I thought there must be a good way to teach the children in these families all about it, how to help the family member cope, and how to play and have a great time with them: to have a normal full relationship. In talking with Barby, we agreed that a children’s story book would be the best way of dealing with this type of need.

How?

Tim and Barby will work together to create an engaging story that directly addresses many of the daily challenges of living with Chronic pain and presents them to children in a gentle and natural way. Once the story is complete, Tim will develop the artwork to bring the story to life. Tim is a fully digital artist, who works in Photoshop with a Wacom tablet.

After the story and art are complete, they will be laid out for high-quality printing as well as developed into a digital app for phones and tablets.

November is “NERVEmber!”

We’d like to dedicate this project in honor of NERVEmber 2012, the month for Neuropathy Awareness.

Tim Ingle- Co Author and Illustrator

Barby Ingle- Co Author

www.powerofpain.org

www.facebook.com/powerofpain

www.twitter.com/powerofpain

www.linkedin.com/powerofpain

Fixed Funding campaign

This campaign will only receive funds if at least $13,999 is raised by Fri Nov 30 at 11:59PM PT.

It’s crucial that this project receives it’s funding by the deadline in order to proceed.

Most people don’t realize how far a dollar with go. If all of my friends, Barby Ingle’s friends, the Power of Pain Foundation’s friends, supporter’s of the Power of Pain Foundation, supporters of chronic pain and RSD/CRPS awareness can give a gift of $2 we could reach our goal.

I say “we” and “our’ because this project has the potential of changing lives. Making happier lives. Teaching children how to interact with those of us in pain and helping us care for them while hurting.

If you are a group, an organization, a business, please start a donation jar and donate no later than November 30th.

Please go to http://www.indiegogo.com/aunt-barby-hurts

I gave, will you give with me?

It all starts with us!

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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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We need community help to become an Exhibitor at the Sacramento’s Convoy of Hope

Convoy of Hope

Sponsor/ Donation Request

In-Kind and Cash donations are Tax deductible

For Immediate Release: June 26, 2012

RE: Exhibitor at the Sacramento’s Convoy of Hope event

The Power of Pain Foundation (POPF) is hoping to become an exhibitor at the Sacramento’s Convoy of Hope event. The event will take place on September 15, 2012 at the Cal Expo. The Power of Pain Foundation is a nonprofit 501(C)(3) charity. All donations are tax-deductible. We really need your help! We must raise $2,000. We will be able to reach 20,000+ people who attend the event and distribute awareness information, provide resources to the community, host a balloon launch, and answer questions. We need donations now to raise funds to participate in this great event during September 2012 – National Pain Awareness month.

Our goal at the Convoy of Hope event is to inform the public that Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy and other neuropathy conditions do exist, there is hope and help.

Please help us attend this event and reach Californians with this important information and resources. Donors of $25 or more will have their names listed on the Power of Pain Foundations Website with over 1,000,000 page views a year and our social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, Linked In), and our newsletter and email blasts, reaching over 8,000 direct people.

Thank you for your consideration.

Twinkle VanFleet

POPF California Ambassador

Media Contact Information:

Twinkle VanFleet

CAAmbassador@powerofpain.org

twinkle@crpsadvisory.com

916-850-0RSD (0773)

More on the Power of Pain Foundation

The Power of Pain Foundation (POPF) provides community based support services that address the needs of chronic pain patients with Neuropathy conditions such as RSD/CRPS, Post Cancer Pain, Lyme, MS, Fibromyalgia, Diabetic Neuropathy, and many more. Accordingly, beneficiaries include patients who are economically and socially affected by these invisible diseases. Whether you have Neuropathy pain or are a caregiver, family member, or friend of someone diagnosed, we help you face the challenges and life changes of chronic nerve pain, head on. The Power of Pain Foundation’s federal ID number is 65-1298571.

The POPF works throughout the United States to promote awareness for Neuropathy conditions. One such condition is Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, also known as RSD/CRPS, and Causalgia. More than 10 million people have been diagnosed with RSD in the United States alone. RSD has a score of 42 out of 50 on the McGill Pain Index, the highest of all medical conditions known to man. There is no cure to date.

More on the Sacramento Convoy of Hope event

“The Sacramento Convoy of Hope is a collaborative effort between dozens of local churches, businesses, social service organizations, local government and Convoy of Hope. This all-volunteer event mobilizes hundreds of area residents to serve and make a difference in their community. Strong participation by local businesses, churches, community agencies, and individuals is crucial to the success of this event. Bring your family and enjoy free services and entertainment, with more than 100,000 pounds of free groceries. There will be a health fair, job fair, free medical and dental screenings with local doctors, medical professionals and dentists, kid’s zone, free haircuts, dozens of free carnival games, inflatable’s and live entertainment. Also, free family portraits courtesy of local photographers, community services, dozens of local community service organizations and free BBQ lunch.”

213 Nottingham Drive, Colonial Heights, VA 23834, 804-657-PAIN(7246)
38556 N. Dave Street, Queen Creek, AZ 85240, 480-882-1342
A 501 (c) (3) not for profit organization – 65-1298571
www.powerofpain.org

Checks and Money orders from around the world can be sent to the address above. Please add Convoy of Hope to the memo. Or go to our website at: http://powerofpain.org/donate/ and choose your option.

Paypal account ID- donate@powerofpain.org

All donations go right back into serving you and the Convoy of Hope itself.

I can accept cash in person in Sacramento only. A receipt with both our signatures and information will be required to maintain proper records for the Power of Pain Foundation.

In addition, the Power of Pain Foundation is Hosting an Online Auction Fundraiser to help us become an exhibitor and the Convoy of Hope. We must raise funds to complete the mission of raising awareness and support for the conditions listed above.

We’re also seeking donations Sacramento area businesses who would be kind enough to offer us gift certificates, vacations, airline tickets, accessories, jewelry, hair salon certificates, spa’s, handmade items, etc for our auction.

We’re also seeking area residents who might have items to donate.

Again all items are tax-deductible.

Sponsors include: (updated daily)
Business Donors

Absolute Investigations

Individual Donors
Dani Meyers
VanFleet Family
Taylor Family

Convoy of Hope Fundraiser 2012

Facebook events Convoy of Hope Online Auction Fundraiser 2012

We would be grateful if you joined our event page and attended the auction.

Feel welcome to add me on Facebook- www.facebook.com/rsdcrpsfire

We look forward to serving you!

Thank you!

~Twinkle V.