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Living with RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy)

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Our guest this week is Col. Doug Strand. He suffers from RSD and nearly losing his life to a pulmonary embolism in Dec 2009. The PE (pulmonary embolism's) was caused from the frequent swelling of his leg from the RSD. Background: Colonel Doug Strand is an Air Force reservist with 33 years of combined active duty and reserve service in the military. He is the senior reserve Air Traffic Control Officer in the Air Force. He served on active duty for 11 years prior to becoming a reservist in 1995, but since then he has accumulated an additional 8 years of active duty time in deployments all over the world, the latest being to Iraq. While traveling to perform his reserve duty in 2008, he dropped his motorcycle on his leg causing crushing bone injuries. His medical treatment by the military was delayed for seven months due to glitches in receiving active duty orders. During this period, a complication of RSD/CRPS-II set in which wasn't diagnosed for 9 months. The frequent swelling in his leg from RSD/CRPS resulted in pulmonary embolisms (PEs) and he nearly lost his life over the 2009 Christmas holiday. Col Strand is now focused on educating RSD patients on the dangers of PE's and general RSD awareness. He is also an advocate for reservists who frequently return from war zones with injuries and are discharged upon returning home without continued medical care or evaluated for disabling conditions including RSD, which is neither considered a disability by the Department of Defense nor the Department of Veteran's Affairs.