Saturday, January 27, 2007

What is Complex Regional Pain Syndrome?

In my opinion it's a shitty diagnosis. 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 an attempt to remind myself about what works for me to help in relieving the pain and symptoms.


Nickan said...

A year late. :-)

But I feel for You. Have the same crapppy diease. And no early diagnosis... so I just have to hang in there.

Hugs from Sweden

jeisea said...

Hi Nickan
My ancestry on my father's side is Sweedish so very pleased to hear from you. Fortunately I've realy found things to help me and am sooo much better than I was only 12 months ago. I hope things go well for you. Please check out "mirror therapy" by clicking on the tsg to the left of this blog. The retraining the brain stuff really works. There are lots of ways to retrain the brain other than mirror therapy and by doing a range of things you build on the retraining.

Let me know if you have any questions. Take care of you.

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