Tuesday, December 12, 2006

For flare ups I refer to this list of things that help to relieve the symptoms of CRPS/RSD.

As other sufferers know, symptoms can vary from day to day and 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)
  • breathing out twice as long as in to activate the parasympathetic nervous symptom almost every day (see resparate breathing machine November)
  • distraction (September archives)
  • magnesium for muscle spasm (September)
  • fish/fish oil for inflamation (September)
  • beetroot for liver protection and antidepressant (September)
  • isometric exercises to reduce pain (September)
  • epson salts warm bath (September)
  • chilli cream (capsaicin)
  • heat pack (September)
  • graduated repetition of movements (September)
  • pacing - move it or lose it
  • deflated ball gives a great massage (see photo Sept)
  • butterball bath bomb (Sept)
  • water relaxes, calms,slows and improves breathing, helps sleep (Sept)
  • Caring Doctors (Sept)
  • letting go of worries and avoiding stress (Oct)
  • actively seeking happiness (Oct)
  • I will take vitamin C if I must have surgery as a precaution. (Nov - new research Dec advises 1gram)
  • eat nutrient rich antioxidant foods. Eat smart. (Nov)
  • use Prantal powder for hyperhydrosis (Nov)
  • make a list of what works for me as a quick reference. (Nov)
  • don't despair when I have a flare up. Refer to the list. (Nov)
  • Doing the same movement in different ways to reinforce that "it's ok"
  • Following a dental procedure which works for me (Nov - see links for research)
  • Changing thinking, not "what can be done for me" but "what I can do for myself" (Nov)
  • Eating Vitamin C rich foods up to 1 gram/day as it's the antioxidant that demolishes free radicals which cause inflamation. (Dec)
  • 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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