Saturday, October 28, 2006

CRPS/RSD Managing the symptoms and pain with an overall plan and taking one day at a time.

Each day is different for me with this complex pain syndrome. In fact, as other sufferers know, symptoms can vary throughout the day. As well as an overall plan to erode back the symptoms, I need to have strategies in place to help with the day to day problems. Some of the things that help me are

  • mirrors (August archives photos)
  • essential oils (still experimenting but amazed so far)
  • breathing out twice as long as in (August)
  • distraction (September archives)
  • magnesium for muscle spasm (September)
  • fish/fish oil for inflamation
  • beetroot for liver protection and antidepressant
  • isometric exercises to reduce pain (September)
  • epson salts warm bath (September)
  • chili cream (capsaicin)
  • heat pack
  • graduated repetition of movements (September)
  • pacing
  • move it or lose it
  • deflated ball gives a great massage (see photo September)
  • butterball bath bomb
  • water relaxes, calms,slows and improves breathing, helps sleep (September)
  • Caring Doctors (September)
  • Letting go of worries and avoiding stress (October)
  • Acitvely seeking happiness (October)
  • Understanding that while it hurts it's not necessarilly harmful.
I am a sufferer not a professional. These things work for me about which I am very thankful. If you think something may help you check first with your treating practitioners.

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