Color The World Orange For CRPS

This entry is part 7 of 9 in the series: But You Don't Look Sick!

November is National CRPS Awareness month and November 7th is Color The World Orange Day for CRPS.

To help promote awareness, we at Feminine Collective, have turned our logo Orange for the day to increase awareness of CRPS. It’s the least we can do to help spread light on this rare disease that affects 200.000+ people in the United States alone.

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome or CRPS is also known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome, Causalgia, Mimocausalgia, Minor Causalgia, Sudeck’s atrophy, Sudeck’s Osteodystrophy, Morbus Sudeck, Acute Bone Atrophy, Neuro dystrophy, Algodystrophy, Neuroalgodystrophy, Post Traumatic Sympathetic Dystrophy and many others.

It affects men, women and children alike. Anyone is fair game for this disease, although women are 75% more likely to contract the disease than men.

Researchers are still trying to figure out why some people contract CRPS while others don’t. Anyone can get it, it usually happens after some sort of trauma, like an accident or fall. The typical injury of a broken bone or pulled muscle would heal normally in most, but for some, this is when CRPS rears its ugly head. Most people don’t realize they have a problem until the persistent pain doesn’t end.

For the average CRPS patient, it takes three years for a doctor to diagnosis them correctly. This is why we need to spread awareness of this disease.

Doctors need more training on CRPS so they can recognize it immediately, rather than after years of dealing with the pain of the disease. If diagnosed early, it’s possible to reverse its effects, if not the patient could have it for the rest of their lives.

Anything you can do will help bring awareness to this very painful, and misdiagnosed disease would be greatly appreciated

Help us spread CRPS awareness today:
Mention CRPS to people you know
Turn your avatar Orange on Facebook & other social media sites
Share articles about CRPS with others via social media feeds
Wear Orange clothes

Below are a few links that look over and share:
Why Me, My Life in Pain with CRPS
Life With Invisible Illness
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Fact Sheet
Mayo Clinic Complex Regional Pain Syndrome In-Depth

Events Around the USA for National CRPS Awareness Month

Pop’s Soda Bottle in Oklahoma will be lit orange on Nov. 7
The South Street bridge in Saegertown, Pennsylvania will be lit orange for the first two weeks of November
The Con Edison Clock Tower in New York City will be lit orange on Nov. 7
The dome of the Nassau County, New York, Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative building will be lit orange on Nov. 7
The New York State Bridge Authority will light the FDR Mid-Hudson Bridge Orange on Nov. 7
The Houston, Texas City Hall will be lit orange on Nov. 7
The Skyview Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia will be lit orange on Nov. 7
The Terminal Tower in Cleveland, Ohio will be lit orange on Nov. 7
The Crazy Horse Memorial in South Dakota will be lit orange on Nov. 7
The Coca-Cola Orlando Eye in Orlando, Florida will be lit orange on Nov. 7
The Astrogenesis ii sculpture in Orlando, Florida will be lit orange on Nov. 7
The Global Convergence sculpture in Orlando, Florida will be lit orange on Nov. 7
The Take Flight sculpture in Orlando, Florida will be lit orange on Nov. 7
The Tower of Light in Orlando, Florida will be lit orange on Nov. 7
The Lake Eola fountain in Orlando, Florida will be lit orange on Nov. 7
The Amway Center in Orlando, Florida will be lit orange on Nov. 7
The SunTrust bank Building in Tampa, Florida will be lit orange on Nov. 7
The Kansas City power and light building in Kansas City, Missouri will be lit orange on Nov. 7
The Emery Towers in Bradford, Pennsylvania will be lit orange on Nov. 7
The PPL Tower in Allentown, Pennsylvania will be lit orange on Nov. 7
The dome of the County Courthouse in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania will be lit orange on Nov. 7
The Boston Harbor Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts will be lit orange on Nov. 7
The Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge in Boston, Massachusetts will be lit orange on Nov. 7
The Peace Bridge, which spans the Niagara River between Fort Erie, Ontario Canada, and Buffalo, New York will be lit orange on Nov. 7
The lights on France Avenue in Edina, Minnesota will be lit orange on Nov. 7
The 35w Bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota will be lit orange on Nov. 7
The Retirement Systems of Alabama will light its building in Mobile, Alabama orange on Nov. 7
The Bank of America Plaza in Dallas, Texas will be lit orange on Nov. 7
The Wells Fargo’s Duke Energy Center in Charlotte, North Carolina will be lit orange on Nov. 7
The Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust in Cedar Rapids, Iowa will be lit orange on Nov. 7
The IPL building in Indianapolis, Indiana will be lit orange on Nov. 7
The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Bridge in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana will be lit orange on Nov. 7
The Tu-Lu’s Gluten-Free Bakery in New York City will have orange cupcakes on Nov. 7
November 19th is the 10th annual RSD Benefit in NYC supporting the RSDSA
The Niagara Falls Illumination board will illuminate Niagara Falls Orange on Nov. 28th at 10pm
For more information on Color The World Orange please click here to visit their site

 
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SA Smith

SA Smith has always loved the magical life. She is the bestselling Amazon author of FOREVER, her four part young adult paranormal romance series. She is an advocate for women of all shapes and sizes. Believing that we are all enough just as we are, and needing to spread that word far and wide. Having been diagnosed with CRPS over 12 years ago, SA also uses her writing to increase social awareness of the disease. Writing is her passion. She often tells friends that writing is a journey for her. It’s like spending time with friends. "I just follow my characters along on their adventures, like a fly on the wall, and see where they take me." SA currently lives in Florida with her best friend/husband and their one son.

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