Hello and welcome to my blog. This would be the page where you find out a little about me. If you aren’t interested in that, I suggest you go ahead and leave.
To start, I would like to tell you about some of my hobbies. I enjoy painting, crafting, knitting, reading, solving puzzles, listening to music, and playing games. My love for painting, crafting, and knitting is obvious to those closest to me. Gifts from me are typically handmade and unique.
I’m a Christian and enjoy serving my Heavenly Father. I realize no matter what I face in life, He’s going to be there with loving arms to guide me through it.
Seeing as the title of my blog is “Living Life with CRPS and Gastoparesis” you may have already assumed it, but yes, I have been diagnosed with both of those. I was diagnosed with CRPS – Complex Regional Pain Syndrome – in 1996 and gastoparesis in 2015. While these disorders have changed my life drastically, I still find joy in every day and love life.
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), also known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) is defined as a chronic neuro-inflammatory disorder. For me, it causes severe pain, swelling, color changes, and temperature changes in my right leg and foot. My doctors aren’t exactly sure what caused me to get the disorder, but believe it may have stemmed from a minor injury to my leg a year or two before I was diagnosed.
Gastoparesis is basically a slowing or paralysis of the stomach. The average person’s stomach uses strong muscle contractions to empty it’s contents into the small intestines. My stomach is slow and most of the food I eat sits in my stomach until it becomes full and causes me to vomit.
For more information on CRPS/RSD, you can visit the Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association’s website http://rsds.org.
For more information about gastoparesis, you can visit http://www.aboutgastroparesis.org/what-is-gastroparesis.html or http://www.medtronic.com/us-en/patients/conditions/gastroparesis.html.