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RSD Its Twisted

KimberlyNic

Joined October 2007

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Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy/Complex Regional Pain Syndrome is a degenerative crippling disease affecting Millions of people around the world. There are countless numbers of sufferers, living in the silent agony of neuropathic pain because of miss diagnosis and misunderstanding.
Save a loved one a life of living hell by learning the signs and symptoms. PLEASE DO BELIEVE HOW BAD THE PAIN CAN BE!
To learn more and find out what you can do click here >"RSD/CRPS Info @ RSDHOPE":http://rsdhope.org/
I created this Digital Portrait of myself and the pain I endure on a daily basis. I started painting this image only to have my hands demand I stop. Since my diagnosis I have learnt to become very ambidextrous unfortunately my RSD is trying to spread hindering both arms, shoulders, neck back and full face. This also makes comfortable sleep impossible so affects my hips legs and feet. Until I find another glimpse of hope I will have to put the painting aside and use my trusted faithful Image manipulation techniques to try and tell MY story.
The weather dominates my life; it brings me days of happiness along with many days of grief. The slightest breeze can burn my skin, a strong cold wind completely freeze burn my arm, constricting all the blood vessels, starving my muscles of oxygen causing a plethora of problems. Hot water can feel lovely, but the motion of the water can irritate my skin severely, too hot and I burn my hand through lack of essential nervous responses to tell me to pull away. Cold water triggers the chain reaction of “my blood supply temporary shutdown” that is excruciatingly painful although delayed, so by the time I feel the pain I have caused too much damage to reverse the cycle. Many muscles spasm, periodically without warning, usually after a very smalln accident like bumping the door handle on the way past, reaching for the salt on a high shelf or washing my hands under cold water. One warning sign I’m beginning to recognise is my hand turns dark when I over-use it; within a few minutes of this happening, I have muscular spasms that send a chain of spasms throughout my upper extremities then to my face. If anyone touches this area whilst this dreadful beast lashes my body, the touch can feel like a gunshot wound, triggering more responses. I am usually left with the feeling of being shot in the head, shoulder and back, and then being nailed to a tree trying to pull myself free. My nails are grooved and brittle, I lose a lot of hair seemingly by the season, and then my hair grows back thicker and curlier then before! I have signs of arthritis and muscular atrophy. All wounds take a long time to heal. I am vague, sleep deprived; touch deprived and deprived of being myself! My medications make me nauseas, dizzy, tired and grumpy to say the least. Don’t pity me, pity those around me!I am a lucky one……. my case is considered MILD! *Note: Any sales will help a sufferer in QLD Australia(me) in need of expensive medications and treatments.

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