Monday, January 15, 2007

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, formally Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy explained.

What is crps/rsd?

In my opinion it's a shitty diagnosis, a burning ring of fire. Complex regional pain syndrome, formally known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy is the name given to a collection of symptoms the worst of which is continuing pain out of the ordinary for the event that caused it. Abnormal changes in temperature, colour, sweating, hair and nail growth, in addition to ongoing pain set crps apart from other pain syndromes. The initiating event may be as simple as hitting your elbow. Light touch is unpleasant or painful, touch that might normally be painful is excessively so. Early diagnosis and treatment usually results in a better outcome. In many sufferers pain persists for years.

This blog is about what works of me to alleviate the pain and symptoms of crps/rsd. I refer here particularly in extreme flare ups for reminders of what I can do to help myself. In a sense it has empowered me. I encourage others to make a list of what works for you so that you too can have something that you can do when you are overwhelmed by pain and symptoms. This blog works for me.

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