Possible Causes of CRPS May Soon Be Revealed

Posted by on Mar 31, 2014 in Blogs | 0 comments

It was recently announced at the 2013 International Congress on Neuropathic Pain that researchers have discovered inflammatory, neuropathic and immunologic roots to the diseased labeled CRPS. It had been previously established that CRPS was strictly a neurological ailment. This revelation means there is much work to do to discover a cure, but being on the right track is certainly a huge advancement.

Physicians are now likely to group CRPS patients into 3 groups according to their dysfunctions. According to anesthesiologynews.com, here are what the 3 groups would look like:

Group 1: Patients with deficits in temperature detection but no allodynia. They would have loss of nerve fiber, innervation and nerve degeneration.

Group 2: Normal temperature sensitivity but severe mechanical and thermal hyperalgesia.

Group 3: Inflammatory CRPS, with deep hyperalgesia and heat hyperalgesia but no hyperalgesia to prick testing.

Dr. Goebel of the University of Liverpool believes that some CRPS patients have an autoimmune, disorder related condition. He believes immunoglobulin could get to the root of the problem. A small sample size of patients felt between a 30% and 60% improvement of pain, during a controlled trial where patients were randomly given the drug.

Early diagnosis is very important when it comes to CRPS, because while the disease cannot be cured, it can be slowed considerably. The first move to be made is to contact the CRPS Institute in New York City. At The CRPS Institute, we know that the symptoms of CRPS are not just physical.  Our goal is to help you recover all aspects of your life and return you to a healthy and active lifestyle. The CRPS Institute team includes the most renowned specialists in the fields of Interventional Pain Management, Anesthesiology, Physical and Occupational Therapy and Mental Health.

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Patients with Chronic Pain Don’t Always Need Drugs

Posted by on Mar 18, 2014 in Blogs | 0 comments

Being diagnosed with CRPS is never easy to begin with. Dealing with the pain day in and day out will break even the strongest of people down. Many patients will turn to drugs and medication in order to find some peace and limit the pain. Here are 3 ways that somebody could limit the pain and not have to take any meds.

Meditation- Meditation is known to keep someone focused on the present time and will lessen the intensity of the pain. A study done by researchers in Manchester, England found that patients who meditate regularly found that they could deal with the pain a lot easier. If you are thinking of taking this up, know that you may see results very soon. A separate study showed that after 3 days of meditation for one hour, patients began to notice pain being less intense even while they weren’t in meditation (The Journal of Pain 2010)

Acupuncture- Many studies have shown that acupuncture is a great way for patients to limit their chronic pain. Pain is a feeling triggered in one’s nervous system, and the needles are used to stimulate certain points in the body. When performed correctly, acupuncture is 100% safe and can be very effective in limiting pain.

Eating Healthy- Many people will turn to an unhealthy diet in order to deal with the stress of having to deal with CRPS. Unfortunately doing this may only make the pain even harder to deal with. Highly processed foods and foods with a lot of sugar are known to cause inflammation and make the pain worse, while fruits and vegetables are known as natural anti-inflammatories.

Early diagnosis is very important when it comes to CRPS, because while the disease cannot be cured, it can be slowed considerably. The first move to be made is to contact the CRPS Institute in New York City. At The CRPS Institute, we know that the symptoms of CRPS are not just physical.  Our goal is to help you recover all aspects of your life and return you to a healthy and active lifestyle. The CRPS Institute team includes the most renowned specialists in the fields of Interventional Pain Management, Anesthesiology, Physical and Occupational Therapy and Mental Health. Thanks for reading.

With Hope & Confidence,

The CRPS Institute Team

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