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Monday, November 2, 2015

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

We met this couple in the desert near Bouse, AZ several years ago—other friends such as Gina and Rollie knew these people but we had never met them.  Brenda and John invited us for dinner that first evening in their motorhome and thus began a wonderful friendship.  They have a home in Alberta, Canada and one in central Arizona traveling back and forth across the border with horses—sometimes stopping by our Montana home as they travel south each fall.

When we met Brenda she was dealing with a sore knee, swollen and very painful.  As the years went on the knee problems just continued—Brenda is a young woman—too young for that kind of debilitation.  In 2014 she had a total knee replacement and her problems really started!!  She had a second surgery when her pain and swelling just wouldn’t stop.  Now, over a year later she has been diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome—her husband John wrote an excellent blog about this disease, well worth the read.

The disease is caused by trauma to the body but even after healing the brain forgets to turn off the pain receptors.  Brenda has constant burning, crushing pain in her foot and leg—constant. 

To show support for our friend Brenda, we are wearing our orange on


You are in our thoughts and prayers Brenda!!


  1. Have a good friend who also suffers from this after shoulder surgery. Debilitating is the right word, just horrible stuff. Wonderful of you to call attention to this, and to honor your friend. Glad I read it in time to wear orange today!

  2. Very nice post, Janna:) Sure hope Brenda get some relief soon. I can't imagine living with this pain every day.

  3. I'd never heard of this ... I hope there is a cure soon.

  4. I never heard of this until I had a replacement on my thumb joint. After years of being an NICU nurse, I started to experience pain in my thumb joint on my dominant hand. After trying some treatments, they suggested a surgical replacement. When my recuperation became lengthy, ( I thought I'd be back to work in 6 weeks) I was diagnosed with CRPS. I have lost my strength and my grip in my hand and I still experience intermittant nerve pain around the surgical site. That was 9 years ago. It's not a pleasant experience.

  5. I never hear of this before. Thanks for sharing, I can think of a couple of people that I know that have the same problem.


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