What is Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, CRPS, and what can we do about it?
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a debilitating long-term condition which causes sharp, burning pains in the body. It has no known cure.
It can affect both men and women of any age. The majority of sufferers are between 30 and 55 years old.
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, CRPS, is divided into two types. One of these is Type 2 which occurs after a direct nerve injury.
A few of its common symptoms include
- prolonged burning pain
- swelling of affected limbs
- stiffness in some joints
- difficulty with muscle movement and
- reddening of the skin.
There is no permanent cure for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, CRPS. However, there are ways to ease the pain it causes. These include exercise, psychotherapy, sympathetic nerve block and spinal cord stimulation.
The infographic below comes courtesy of Victoria Abbott-Fleming from chronic pain charity Burning Nights. It outlines the basics Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, CRPS, and suggests ways in which living with the condition can be made less difficult for those unfortunate enough to be affected by it.
Author, Advocate & Sufferer of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
Registered UK Charity
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