Hi Jeanne and welcome to the boards
Yes you can google everything about RSD, and then one day this site pops up, and you've found your comfort zone.
You will probably learn more here, than you will anywhere else, even if the rules are strict. Don't post email addresses, etc. read the posting rules, because you would hate to be banned.
Where is your RSD? and how did you get it? I guess the key to somewhat alleviate the symptoms are the right meds, a good and understanding doctor, an attorney, and a great support system (family or friends) all make the difference in our dealing with it. If you are in a wc case it could drag on for ever, and you'll get frustrated with their denials. I've tried about every treatment out there except for a SCS or a morphine pump. I was on vicoden for the first 4 years and was bedridden in pain, and never slept. I switched doctors to one who was familiar with RSD and my life turned around. Also I was given morphine, which got me back into the living. Seeing a shrink helps alot too, because they can offer suggestions from a different perspective. Make sure they deal with people with chronic pain. Avoid stress and ice. I really feel sorry for people who live where there is winter. I couldn't imagine the cold and going out in the weather.
It gets cold in Maui too, but maybe it will be 57 degrees at night. To me that is when I hibernate, with a good book and a pot of hot soup or chilie. Everybody is different. It also helps to read the past posts, because you might find something there that connects with you. Just wanted to say hi and welcome, and remember no question is to stupid to ask. Aloha Skooze