The Do’s and Do Nots of CRPS…

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome or CRPS is a very complex disease, as the name implies. It is very difficult to diagnose, with no one single test to confirm the CRPS. There are different guidelines as to what tests or combination of tests will confirm a diagnosis. There is a lack of consistent clinical studies that offer …

Sympathetic Nerve Block…

One the treatments for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome or CRPS is a Sympathetic Nerve Block. It is an injection of local anesthesia into or around the sympathetic nerves. The nerves run down along either side of the spine. In my case, my CRPS is in my left foot and leg, so I get left Lumbar Sympathetic Nerve Blocks, that …

Pool Therapy…

One of the problems when someone is afflicted with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome or CRPS is that the affected limb needs to exercised to lower the pain, but the pain can keep the affected limb from being exercised. It can be a viscious circle causing much frustration for the patient, but the limb must continue being utilized in …

Low Dose Naltrexone(LDN)…

Naltrexone is a medication primarily used for the treatment of alcoholism and opioid addiction. Low Dose Naltrexone or LDN refers to the ‘off-label’ use of the medication for the treatment of various diseases including Complex Regional Pain Syndrome or CRPS. It’s a fairly inexpensive medication and it has been found to be very helpful in the …

Another Sleepless Night…

I wrote this post at 3:30 am: It’s 3:30 am, I am awake and typing another post involving sleep. Nights are becoming my days, days becoming my nights. This is getting to be a real problem for me. I take Nortriptyline to help me sleep, but I no longer feel tired after taking it. My …

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