COLOR THE WORLD ORANGE DAY – First Monday in November
The first Monday in November is dedicated to bringing awareness to Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy with Color the World Orange Day. Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (CRPS) involves high levels of nerve impulses sent to an affected site in the body. Medical experts believe the condition is a result of a dysfunction in the central or peripheral nervous system. Symptoms vary in severity and usually occur more in women than men. Pain can be intense or worsen over time. In the event of an injury, CRPS can flair and spread beyond the site of the injury.
Other symptoms include:
stiff and swollen joints decreased mobility changes in hair and nail growth skin changes – color, texture, and temperature may be affected There is no specific test or cure for CRPS. Treatment focuses on pain relief, physical therapy, and psychotherapy.
Everyone is encouraged to wear orange, organize an event or participate in one to help spread awareness. Visit the website or the Facebook page to find out more on how to participate.
HOW TO OBSERVE #CRPSOrangeDay
Plan an event in your community to show support for those with CRPS. Organize your school to wear orange. Plan an orange walk to raise money for research. Have an orange bakesale. Wear orange ribbons to show your support.
Read about CRPS to learn about the symptoms and treatments. Ask what you can do to help someone with CRPS.
Visit the CTWO Facebook and website for ideas on ways to Color the World Orange. Use #CRPSOrangeDay™ to share on social media.