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Complex Regional Pain Syndrome 

(Treatments For CRPS/RSD, Nerve Damage/Nerve Disorder/Pinched Nerves, Fibromyalgia, & Chronic Pain)

(Before you read further, let me make it clear that CRPS is not the same thing as Fibromyalgia)

(However, you could very well have both conditions)

 

Description of CRPS/Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy:

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a severely disabling condition that usually affects the limbs, after injury or surgery. The main symptoms are severe pain, swelling, loss of range of motion, temperature changes, and changes in the skin. Although CRPS can occur anywhere in the body, it usually affects an arm, leg, hand, or foot.

CRPS most often follows trauma, such as a fracture or amputation. Still, it can even occur after a minor injury, like a sprained ankle. In rare cases, CRPS appears spontaneously, without apparent cause. It is more likely to occur during times of increased emotional stress.

The degree of pain is severe and is usually much greater than the injury would typically cause.

Experts believe that CRPS occurs as a result of dysfunction in your central or peripheral nervous systems. Your central nervous system consists of your brain and spinal cord. Your peripheral nervous system relays information from your brain and spinal cord to your organs, arms, legs, fingers and toes. The abnormal functioning results in an overreaction to pain signals that your nervous system can’t shut off.

CRPS is known as the world's most painful incurable condition. Those who have it suffer greatly. 

there are 3 stages of CRPS. However, I am not going to cover the 3 stages because my belief is that you can move forwards and backwards between the 3 stages. 

There are 2 types of CRPS.

  • Type 1. Also known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), this type occurs after an illness or injury that didn't directly damage the nerves in the affected limb. About 90% of people with CRPS have type 1.

  • Type 2. Once referred to as causalgia, this type has symptoms similar to those of type 1. But type 2 CRPS occurs after a distinct nerve injury.

Personally, I believe I have both types at the same time. 

 

What caused my own case of CRPS?

 

 

The Issue with getting treatment:

The issue with CRPS is that there is no 'known' cure. Only things you can do to reduce the severity. However, I believe there is a cure for CRPS and Fibromyalgia and that the cure is doing a combination of treatments. It's not that a cure isn't possible. It's that the world we live in doesn't yet accurately understand the complexity of CRPS or Fibromyalgia.  But Cancer, Fibromyalgia, CRPS, and every other complex disease out there has a cure. If you can get it, then you can lose it. 

 

Professional Treatment Options/Recommendations:

  1. 'Medication': Amitriptyline, Gabapentin, Pregabilin (Lyrica), Duloxetine (Cymbalta), etc.

  2. 'Sympathetic Nerve Blocks' (Temporary fix with a risk, I DO NOT recommend this)

  3. Spinal Cord Stimulation (I DO NOT recommend. There are other ways to stimulate the spine)

  4. 'Physical Therapy' (Doesn't Work. I am an advanced PT myself.)

  5. 'Psychological Therapy' (Could possibly help, have not tried yet.)

  6. 'Ketamine Infusion' (Has Positive Results For Most, have not tried yet.)

  7. 'Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy' (PRP) (Has positive results for most, have not tried yet.)

  8. 'Stem Cells' (PRP but better and way more expensive than PRP. Have not tried yet.)

 

Some doctors will tell you that just taking Amitriptyline or Gabapentin consistently for 6 weeks will fix it. But this is most certainly not the case. I have tried both enough times to know that they will not work. Espeically, once you stop taking them. Two other medications that are known to treat CRPS would be Lyrica and Cymbalta. If I do end up trying them out, I will update this section of the article. However the same issue applies. What happens once you stop taking the medication? And nobody should be on medication permanently, because that's how you develop other health conditions down the line. 

Find 'Pain Management' near you (I would not recommend Nerve Blocks, as they are temporary) 

'AT HOME' CRPS treatments I find effective (Also treats a pinched nerve)

  1. Vibration Therapy (Massage Gun) on pinched nerve or desired areas

  2. Ice Therapy (Back) and THEN Heat Therapy (Back)

  3. Stretching & Resting

  4. Sound Frequency Healing: (Link to page with all links)

 

DON’T KNOCK 'Sound Therapy'  UNTIL YOU TRY IT!

Sound Therapy has ‘BY FAR’ BEEN THE BEST TREATMENT FOR My CRPS/Nerve Damage. Sound Therapy is literally magical, can change your life, and is FREE. DO NOT SKIP OUT ON THIS. Link is above. 

 

Why do people say sound therapy is a scam? Well the answer to that is easy. They haven't done research and they have never found a frequency before that had a substantial impact on their health or life. Something I find suspicious is that all the most popular frequencies on youtube are the ones that don't work or help that much, such as 528hz or 432hz frequency. However, each frequency has it's purpose and can be manipulated into different combinations. The frequencies I have found and use are VERY EFFECTIVE (you feel them almost immediately), and are not that popular. 

In my opinion, the most effective sound healers on the internet use various modalities such as Acoustic Reiki, Rife Frequencies, Solfeggio, Binaural Beats, Sonic Acupuncture, Isochronic Tones, and Psychogeometric Music. Each Audio is specifically crafted to resonate at a cellular level, as well as to aid with DNA Repair and Clearing Blockages that might be causing disease. Like I said, I will be providing links to playlists of the most effective frequencies in the world and on the internet. But the best channels in general on youtube are these ones right here: 

1) 'The Sound Healers' 2) 'Ninad Music' 3) 'Spryfuel' 4) 'VibesWorld' 5) 'Good Vibes - Binaural Beats' 6) 'Binaural Nutrition' 7)

List of what NOT to do with CRPS:

DO NOT

 

  1. DO NOT Workout Often.

  2. DO NOT Run at all until you have put your CRPS into remission.

  3. DO NOT Walk for long periods/long distance.

  4. DO NOT Over do anything. (That goes for Ice, Heat, 

  5. DO NOT Get angry.

 

CRPS General Articles:

 

https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/12085-complex-regional-pain-syndrome-crps

 

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/crps-complex-regional-pain-syndrome/symptoms-causes/syc-20371151

 

https://med.stanford.edu/pain/about/chronic-pain/crps.html

 

CRPS Diet Articles:

 

https://www.glaserpainrelief.com/blog/diet-changes-to-make-if-you-have-crps

 

https://www.blbchronicpain.co.uk/news/can-diet-really-help-crps-and-chronic-pain/

 

https://rsds.org/crps-and-diet-guest/

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