A party is brewing at Courtyard Wineries!

Put your Halloween costume on, hop on your broom and fly on over to Courtyard Wineries on October 23rd! Starting at 5:30pm, show up in your CRAZIEST costume, enjoy your friends and a couple of glasses of wine.

During the Hallo-Wine Party, bartenders will be awarding PRIZES for the Most Creative Costume, Most Humorous Costume and Judges Choice. Please note, costumes are optional, but preferred!

Also, we will be having a PUMPKIN CARVING CONTEST! To enter, please bring a PRE-CARVED PUMPKIN to event. Barjo Bons members will be given 3 tickets to vote on their favorite!

Freeport Restaurant will be catering the Hallo-Wine Party! Get ready for BBQ Ham and Ox roast sliders!! 

Membership is free when signing up on CourtyardWineries.com by 3:00pm the day of the event, just head to the “Join the Barjo Bons Club” page. A membership card will be issued at the event. If someone attends the event without signing up by 3:00 pm the day of the event a onetime fee of $5.00 will be charged at the door. Once a member, you will enjoy free entry to all Barjo Bons events, opportunities to win prizes and a 15% discount on wine purchased at events.

What’s the Barjo Bons Club? It’s a group of “Crazy Friends” coming together to relax and enjoy a classy happy hour with special events once a month! Don’t miss out and sign up now!

Find more information online or by calling the winery at 814-725-0236.


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What is RSD?

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome

Reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome (RSDS), also known as complex regional pain syndrome, is a rare disorder of the sympathetic nervous system that is characterized by chronic, severe pain. The sympathetic nervous system is that part of the autonomic nervous system that regulates involuntary functions of the body such as increasing heart rate, constricting blood vessels, and increasing blood pressure. Excessive or abnormal responses of portions of the sympathetic nervous system are thought to be responsible for the pain associated with reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome.

The symptoms of reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome typically begin with burning pain, especially in an arm, finger(s), palm of the hand(s), and/or shoulder (s). In some individuals, RSDS may occur in one or both legs or it may be localized to one knee or hip. Frequently, RSDS may be misdiagnosed as a painful nerve injury. The skin over the affected area(s) may become swollen (edema) and inflamed. Affected skin may be extremely sensitive to touch and to hot or cold temperatures (cutaneous hypersensitivity). The affected limb(s) may perspire excessively and be warm to the touch (vasomotor instability). The exact cause of RSDS is not fully understood, although it may be associated with injury to the nerves, trauma, surgery, atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, infection, or radiation therapy.


What are symptoms of RSD/CRPS?

Continuous, intense pain that is out of proportion to the severity of the injury (if an injury occurred) and which gets worse rather than better over time. It most often affects the arms, legs, hands or feet and is accompanied by:

  • “burning” pain
  • increased skin sensitivity
  • changes in skin temperature: warmer or cooler compared to the opposite extremity
  • changes in skin color: often blotchy, purple, pale or red
  • changes in skin texture: shiny and thin, sometimes excessively sweaty
  • changes in nail and hair growth patterns
  • swelling and stiffness in affected joint
  • motor disability, with decreased ability to move affected body part

How is RSD caused?

RSD has no apparent cause. Initially, the condition was thought to be a malfunctioning of the sympathetic nervous system but researchers are questioning this theory. Since it is most often caused by trauma to the extremities, some conditions that can bring RSD about are sprains, fractures, surgery, damage to blood vessels or nerves and certain brain injuries.

How is RSD treated?

Physical therapy is a primary component of treatment. There also are several types of medications that can be used and sometimes elevating the affected extremity may be helpful. There also are surgical procedures that are used in some cases. Treatment needs to be individualized and treatment plans often incorporate several of these measures. Treatment if begun early, ideally within the first three months after symptoms begin, can result in remission. Early diagnosis is the key.

Is there a cure?

Not at this time, but research continues. Advances have resulted in some new and effective treatments.


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