If you follow social media, you’ve probably noticed a lot of postings titled “Color The World Orange“. The annual event is held the first Monday of November to spread awareness of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), also known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD).
In addition, a Facebook page was made in support of Grace Seibel, of Tamaqua, who suffers daily from the medical condition. For more information, visit the page at https://www.facebook.com/events/913804348699298/.
People are encouraged to post a photo of themselves wearing orange on social media in awareness of the condition.
Grace Seibel said, “I had a foot surgery in 2013 that lead to Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy that is now known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. The surgery caused so much trauma and lead to this. My nerves tell my brain that I am still in pain from that surgery when I’m not in reality. This results in the most pain neurologically. I look fine and healthy, but I am actually suffering from an incurable, invisible illness. Not many people are aware of it, so I like to make as many people aware as I can in order to find a cure!”
According to ColorTheWorldOrange.com, CRPS / RSD is a chronic pain condition characterized by continuous, intense, often burning pain that is out of proportion to the severity of the original injury. Symptoms can include changes in the skin color and temperature of the affected body part, as well as skin sensitivity, sweating and swelling.
For more information about CRPS/RSD, visit the National Institutes Of Health’s website at http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/reflex_sympathetic_dystrophy/reflex_sympathetic_dystrophy.htm.
Here are social media links for Color The World Orange: