This is blog regarding my experiences with Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), otherwise known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), and Fibromyalgia. Five years ago (April 2012) I received a cortisone injection from my podiatrist to ease some residual pain from an old injury so that I could run without pain in an upcoming physical fitness test for the Air Force/Air National Guard. From the trauma of the needle stick, I developed RSD in my left foot. Within a year and a half, the disease had spread through my nervous system to the point that I was eventually medically retired by the Air Force with “Systemic Complex Regional Pain Syndrome”. The flames that the title of the blog refer to are the ones that are associated with the RSD Awareness Ribbon, as one of the typical types of pain associated with this disease is the feeling of being burned.
RSD often brings about other friends to deal with, and in my case it became Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, Tinnitus, Fibromyalgia, and other various surprises. This blog will be a combination of stories, journal entries, links and actual articles to help educate people about the various diseases. The stories are obviously from my own memory, which is affected by both RSD and Fibro, so I offer my apologies in advance for errors that I may record.