Yesterday I turned my ankle on a tree root on my way along my favourite beach track. I landed hard hearing a crack as I went. The pain was extreme and immediately my blood pressure dropped as nausea etc set in. Fortunately the crack was no more than a twig I stood on in an effort not to fall. The sound was the same as the crack last time when I tore my knee tendons and broke cartilage so the memory made me afraid I'd done some serious damage. However the incident caused sufficient pain and shock to immediately bring about a return to autonomic dysfunction. As soon as I got home I took vitamin C in the hope of preventing a return to other Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. In the few hours between the fall and seeing my doctor the pain escalated to the extent I had great difficulty putting my foot to the floor. My doctor used laser acupuncture on the area and Yamamoto New Scalp Acupuncture to help calm the autonomic symptoms.
I was in extreme pain again and really struggled on the trip home. I was very nauseous from the pain and at a loss what to do as I lay on the bed with my leg raised. I struggled to bear the pillow under my foot. I could no longer bear to move my toes or move my foot up and down. I was told this was because of swelling but I had my doubts.
Still convinced this was not CRPS but just my injury I remembered that I'd eased acute mouth pain using my version of mirror therapy. I had nothing to lose so sat on the side of my bed and positioned myself so that I could only see the mirror image of my good foot. This time I used the recommended method of moving both feet in the same way. I knew I could not wriggle my toes on the injured foot so that is what I watched myself doing in the merror. I tried to move the injured foot's toes in the same way. To my amazement I was able to curl them a little. I continued do this for about 30 seconds and then tried to move my foot up and down while I watched my other food doing this. Again amazingly I was able to move my painful foot, not as much but I moved it. I continued for about 30 seconds. Then I put my foot on the ground while watching the mirror image of my good foot doing the same. I did this only for a few seconds.
When I lay on the bed the pain was less intolerable and I could more comfortably rest my foot on the pilows.
I repeated this a few hours later and again this helped reduce the pain.
Today I did the mirror trick again. It helped again and I can now place my foot on the floor and walk with the aid of a crutch.
The pain went from extreme to bearable with mirror therapy. Whether this pain has been wholly from the injury or from CRPS from the injury I don't know. What I do know is that mirror therapy helped. I'll make a video shortly to show you what I did and will continue to do.
I will have Yamamoto New Scalp Acupuncture again tomorrow and next Monday and Wednesday. I'm really hoping that this will again correct the dyautonomia that has returned.
My husband and I are going to Vietnam in 9 days. I was getting fit, walking heaps and planning a short trek in the Highlands above Sapa near the Chinese border. This is a bit of a setback but I am confident I can recover by then using mirror therapy and with my GP's laser acupuncture and remarkable YNSA.
crps/rsd related articles
- Nursing Patients with CRPS/RSD
- Vitamin c and CRPS 2010
- Cleveland Clinic link - twin research
- Complex Regionaal Pain Syndrome and identical twins.
- Familial occurance of CRPS.
- Headache a risk factor for CRPS.
- Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and CRPS
- Brain change in chronic CRPS -Neuron
- Vitamin c as preventative for CRPS - Netherlands study 2007
- Vitamin C and CRPS study ARC Bristol
- BestBETs Best Evidence Topics - Hydrotherapy for Comples Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) of the foot and ankle
- Neurotopian - Matthias Weinberger's fantastic blog.
- hope-4crpsrsd - a Christian support group
- podcast - Australian Native Fruits bear sweet antioxidants.
- Explain Pain - David Butler's blog
- CRPS/RSD and Dentistry
- HTCwP - brain control of movement is altered in CRPS - study
- HTCwP - Self Compassion or Self Esteem
- Neuromatrix Training Blog
- Neurodynamics - Physical and Neural Health Blog
- Explain Pain Blog
- JB & JS report - Can Vitamin C Prevent Complex Regional Pain Syndrome in Patients with Wrist Fractures?
- Matthais Weinberger's interview on "how to Cope with Pain" website.
- How to Cope with Pain - Ketamine Coma treatment for CRPS/RSD
- RSDHope - DVD set of three
- North Western University Feinburg School of Medicine "Old Memory Traces May trigger chronic pain."
- HOw to Cope with pain How Pain Affects Families -Tony's story.
- Prevention.com article -"Natural-Born Pain Killers"
- Brain control altered in movement with CRPS -How to Cope With Pain
- How to Cope With Pain - Asking for help.
- Hooshmand and Physical Therapy Part I
- Hooshmand and Physical Therapy Part II
- How to Cope with Pain on Recognize - Here's a way to get ready to move - with less pain.
- American Pain Foundation Booklet: Treatment Options - A Guide for People Living in Pain
- Preventing CRPS after surgery - International Research Foundation for RSD/CRPS
- How to Cope with Pain - great questions about Graded motor movements
- How to Cope with Pain - Recognize podcast
- How to Cope with Pain - Graded motor imagary
- How to Cope with Pain - Think & move & your pain will improve.
- How to Cope with Pain - CRPS - Can mirrors help?
- RSD Canada Online Survey Questionnaire
- For Grace web site
- For Grace Utube site
- How to Cope With Pain - Can mirrors help?
- Noi Group Australia
- Support groups help you cope with pain - HTCWP interview by National Pain Foundation
- How to Cope with Pain Mindfulness video from Utube.
- "How to Cope with Pain's" hilarious video.
- Jason's RSDS/CRPS News & Information blog
- BBC UK News - Vitamin C /crps study - "Mystery pain left me in a wheelchair"
- Dr Moseley's interview on How to Cope with Pain site.
- Virtual Reality as a Rehabilitative Technology for Phantom Limb Experience.
- UK mirror box therapy site.
- Ramachandran's mirror box video
- My interview on "How to Cope with Pain" website.
- Napp Pharmaceuticals donate mirror boxes - WebWire article
- How to Cope with Pain: A guide to coping with pain.
- Hooshmand and Physical Therapy Part II
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