IV port

{Previous post IV Port Placement} In October I got an IV port placed in my upper right chest. IV ports are often placed for long-term intravenous therapies, such as chemotherapy or in my case weekly lidocaine. Agreeing to a port placement was a difficult decision for me, one where pros and cons list came into…

Nerve Pain is a Beast: Pain Management and Holding onto Hope.

One of my Twitter friends, Sandra, recently shared this wonderful animation from The University of Southern Australia.  I can't emphasize enough how much I loved this entertaining short video; not only did it describe CRPS in a nutshell it offers ways to naturally cope with all varieties of nerve pain. While I've found there is…

Working through the fire

Many people with CRPS experience a constant burning sensation in their affected CRPS areas. My CRPS areas are cold to the touch and feel as if I'm being burned with liquid nitrogen. A constant cold burn. During my diagnostic period and start of treatment I was on short-term disability, unable to function from the pain.…