WELCOME TO THE PARC
Thought for the day:
"Healing doesn't mean the damage never existed.
It means the damage no longer controls our life."
The PARC HELP LINE has reopened on January 3, 2018. Happy New Year to all. We are nearly in March and winter is nearly over.
Our HELP LINE Hours are Monday-Thursday 7-10 PM evenings only. TEL: 905 934 0261. We are on Eastern Time.(Time difference from Vancouver is three hours later here. Alberta is two hours later and the Maritimes is an hour earlier than us.) If you are not on Eastern Time, please EMail Us! Thank you!
PARC PLACE: Members get ready!!! We have sent sign-up instructions to those with last names from A-O. If you have not received yours, please let us know.
FACEBOOK: Find PARC on Facebook as RSDCANADA: PARC. Current news and research updates are posted.
PARC PEARL's SPRING ISSUE: It will be out by the end of March. It will feature stories and articles by patients. Our members are talented. One lady even filmed a police documentary!
ORANGE CRPS AWARENESS BRACELETS
Bracelets are available from PARC. The cost is $2 each. Proceeds go to our PARC PROGRAMS for 2018.
BRACELET OFFER: If you purchase 3 bracelets, you receive one free. EMail Us!
We have extended our FREE orange bracelet offer: with the purchase of a new PARC membership (OPTION 1 or 2) to March 31, 2018.
Major credit cards will be accepted through Paypal.
MIDWEST PAIN TREATMENT EDUCATION EXPO AUGUST 13, 2017, Northbrook IL.
"Common sense is not so common" says Dr. Turksha Hamilton ND Professor of Naturopathic Medcine at the University of Health Sciences in Lombard, IL.
DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH
by Dr. T. Hamilton ND
What is necessary for bodies and minds to function properly?
SELF CARE 101
MIND SET-MENTAL HEALTH: Dr. Hamilton advises everyone to get therapy for acceptance and coping. Why? To learn how to handle life. Your identity is also important--who you are.
Hydration: Drink 8 glasses of water daily. If not, it impairs cognitive performance and can enhance pain,or people can have increased pain perception. Dehydration increases pain levels. People can perceive a higher level of pain.
Sleep: helps people heal. Less sleep creates impaired cognitive performance, increases depression, and decreases the pain threshold (more likely to feel pain).
Exercise: blood flow enhances well being, strengthens muscles and bones. It also increases lymph flow. It "takes out the trash." from your body.
Nutrition: inflammation increases if one eats poorly, there is poor cellular function as well as poor elimination (bowel movements).
Relationships: your "support team and family" plays an important part. Good relationships lower depression and stress while increasing well being. If relationships are poor, then pain increases. Keep your relationships strong!
Laughter: releases stress, releases serotonin to lower pain and improve sleep. It also boosts the immune system by releasing endorphins (body's natural painkillers). Laugh at movies! Proper breathing lowers carbon dioxide (CO2). Laughter promotes relaxation, lowers anxiety and pain.
Proper elimination increases well being, mental clarity, improves digestion and the gut microbiome (good bacteria).
*60 percent of illnesses caused by stress and stress increases pain.
*95% of doctor visits are stress related.
Take good care of yourself!
"PAY IT FORWARD PROGRAM "
If you have received a package, received a HELP LINE call, or a newsletter,
someone has donated to help you.
People donate to help CRPS patients get support.
If you want to be part of this program you can help!
You are welcome to donate! Tax receipts are issued.
To donate to PARC, please click button below.
Congratulations to Dr Jeff Ennis, a caring, compassionate doctor
who wrote an excellent opinion article in the Toronto Star:
February 6, 2018.
Thank you to all the courageous patients who promoted awareness of CRPS.
You are all awesome!
October 19, 2017. Fern (CRPS Survivor) and Bella have been featured on a
Collar of Duty episode on Animal Planet. Here is the link:
Search for Collar of Duty Episode 6.
June 17, 2017: 16 year old Lauren Seabrook's struggle:
June 1, 2017. Alicia Ellis is telling her story about CRPS through Alberta Health Services..
May 21: Read about CRPS and the devastating effect it has on Rachel Caplan.
Global News May 21,2017 by Emanuela Campanella
May 17, 2017: The FIGHT Project by Lauren Seabrook, a teen with CRPS:
Please watch Krista Spence's encouraging video first played at PARC's Nov. 12/16 event:
April 18, 2017: Rachel Caplan Toronto Star:
Toronto Star April 18, 2017
Who else was interviewed? The Executive Director of PARC.
Please view Yolande Clement's successful battle with CRPS at:
CRPS: A Success Story
Yolande is also a PARC coach.
PARC's WISH LIST
- volunteers for our new PARC Forum: three people with experience and enthusiasm
- volunteers to start support groups (support group kit)
- volunteers to be a CRPS Coach (Ask us.)
- volunter to help with newsletter editing: computer skills are necessary
- office supplies, gift cards for Staples
- sponsors for events
- volunteers to promote awareness on November 6th, Colour the World Orange Day.
CRIMSON ROSE FUNDRAISER:
Lynn Langtry, composer and artist, has composed a wonderful song called Crimson Rose. It is available at:
Lynn says that 50% of sales will go to PARC and the rest to maintain her website.
It is also available on iTunes. Just search by title and her name.
Please visit her site:http://lynnlangtry.com
Thanks Lynn for supporting our charity!
We really appreciate it.
Restorative Yoga calms the mind and body. It is poses on the floor and deep breathing.
1. Try Jillian Pransky's Restorative Poses on You Tube. www.youtube.com
2. Rodney Yee's DVD: COMPLETE YOGA for Beginners.
Out of the 4 practices, the last one is Restorative Yoga which is very effective.
For more please visit: Gaiam
LDN:LOW DOSE NALTREXONE
Low dose naltrexone has been studied for CRPS and offers hope.
LDN lowers the inflammation levels in CRPS. (Please note that high dose naltrexone is for alcoholics.)
Low dose naltrexone lowers inflammation.
Weinstock,L.MD and Chopra P. MD: Identification and Treatment of New
Inflammatory Triggers for CRPS International Anesthesia Research Society 2015.
(Ask us for a copy.)
INTENSE PAIN SOON AFTER WRIST FRACTURE
STRONGLY PREDICTS WHO WILL DEVELOP CRPS
Recent research has found that
1 in 26 with a wrist fracture
can develop into CRPS.
The "red flag is pain greater than 5 out of 10".
Also if the patient has pain more than (or equal to) 5/10
for 3 days after surgery, suspect CRPS.
Early diagnosis is crucial.
DVD: LIVING A LIFE IN PAIN:
THE STORY OF RSD/CRPS
by Sarah Panas
The film features four CRPS patients, a CRPS doctor,
a psychologist and PARC's Executive Director.
You Tube Trailer:
Living a Life in Pain
Cost is $10 plus shipping = $13.50 in Canada
Please ask us about US and International rates.
Major credit cards will be accepted through Paypal.
SUPPORT GROUP OF NIAGARA(CPSN)
For further information:
please contact Will Noiles: CONTACT
ORIGINAL STAINED GLASS ART CARDS!
WATER (Design 2 of 8)
OR DESIGN Glassworks has utilized breathtaking colors and brilliant textures of stained glass for the luminous glass art that they create. These radiant cards are awesome photos of the art glass that Pam and Oded Ravek have so lovingly created. This set of 8 original cards are blank and suitable for any occasion.
MORE STAINED GLASS ART CARDS
(Design 3 of 8)
To download an order form, click here:
We are accepting online payment.
Major credit cards are accepted.
PARC PEARL: Spring 2018
Stories by CRPS Patients
Articles by Patients
European Journal of Pain: CRPS Research
Review: Signs and Symptoms of 1043 Patients with CRPS
Patient stars in Police Film
What is the PARC PLACE forum?
Copies of our previous issues are still available! EMail Us!
Why subscribe to our newsletter?
"PAYING IT FORWARD" Program
Your contribution is used to help others with CRPS who have lost their way. Accoording to our HELP LINE many do not know where to turn, others are not diagnosed early nor do they receive the proper treatment. It is devastating to a pain patient when the doctor does not believe them. Others are in so much pain they cannot function well. You can help us to help them!
The Internet may give you the research on CRPS but it is hard to interpret. When reading a research paper, please ask yourself these questions:
1. Who authored it and what is their reputation?
2. Is the paper's hypothesis valid? Do they prove the hypothesis?
3. Does it measure what it says it measures?
4. Is the conclusion valid? Are there any flaws in the data?
5. In the long run, is this paper important? What does it contribute to the general knowledge of CRPS?
6. Will this drug or treatment be available? Where? When? For example, neridronate is being hailed by the press as a "breakthrough drug for CRPS" but it is not yet available. The press is stirring up events that have not happened yet.
CRPS is very complicated and hard to research unless the authors completely understand the many elements involved in CRPS.
Who is doing what element of CRPS research? There are many lines of research to pursue i.e. inflammation, blood flow, nerve damage and brain issues. The hot new research lines are the immune system factors and brain issues.
Our newsletter draws the big picture for you and brings together all the elements of CRPS research and important conclusions. We are very well connected with several excellent researchers.
Besides, your support is very much appreciated!
A PARC FORUM is here! It is free to deluxe members.
OPTION 1: Deluxe membership ($35 per year) includes 3 issues per year, PARC Alert, Ongoing Support, CRPS Self Management Program and Forum. You are helping another CRPS patient get the help he/she needs and benefitting from our excellent services as well.The PARC Forum: "PARC PLACE", will be at no extra cost. It is a way of thanking our members and supporters for their onging help.
PARC PLACE is a new online forum available to deluxe members. Members are being contacted. For more information please contact us.
OPTION 2: Newsletter only: ($25 per year) .The newsletter is published 3 times per year. It is on paper. (There are no services with this option.)
These memberships are tax deductible and a tax receipt will be issued.
FREE TILL March 31, 2018: Free CRPS awareness bracelet with the purchase of a NEW deluxe or newsletter membership.
- OPTION 1: To order :Download NEWSLETTER FORM. Please mail in with payment by cheque payable to PARC.PO Box 20032, St. Catharines, ON L2M 7W7.
This card is the size of a credit card easily stored in a purse, wallet or pocket.
DO YOU HAVE BURNING PAIN?
HAS IT LASTED LONGER THAN THE EXPECTED HEALING TIME?
WHEN TO SUSPECT CRPS...
Signs and symptoms of CRPS.
PROFESSIONALS: Do you have patients recently diagnosed? Do you need cards for your patients, nurses, hospital or clinic staff?
This sleek 4"x 3 3/8"pocket card has concise CRPS information.
PATIENTS: Are you tired of explaining what RSD/CRPS is? Do your family and friends understand? Does your doctor know about it? Does the ER staff, specialist, local hospital, nurse,or physiotherapist know?
Now there is no need to explain--let the Pocket Card do it for you. Why not keep one in your wallet?
Q: HOW CAN I GET A FREE CARD?
A: Sign up as a new member with PARC. Please send your mailing address and membership fee ($35 CDN ) deluxe membership or $25 CDN (for newsletter only ) to the address below. (US and International rates available on request.)
Q: WHAT IF I ONLY WANT CARDS ?
A: To receive a quantity of cards, please tell us how many you wish and include a donation ($1 per card) inside a self-addressed envelope sent to our mailing address:
PO Box 20032
St. Catharines, ON
OPTION 2 : To order Pocket Cards,(also Bracelets) ple\ase use online transactions through Paypal.
Proceeds go to our "Pay It Forward", Seminars and" Education Programs" for 2018.
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