RSD Pain Cycle

Current research suggest that the mechanism by which an injury triggers RSD / CRPS is unclear. Figure 1 is intended to give the reader a simplified view of how an injury might lead to the symptoms of RSD / CRPS. Current research suggest that the mechanism by which an injury triggers RSD / CRPS is unclear. Figure 1 is intended to give the reader a simplified view of how an injury might lead to the symptoms of RSD / CRPS.

 

Figure 1

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See “A typical day in the life of an RSD patient” page to get a better understanding of what my days are like. If an event is coming up, I try to rest up so I am able to attend. Everyone thinks I look good, and assume that I am feeling better. They don’t realize that I take several medications to get through the day. And after I go out, my pain increases and the cycle begins again. I usually have so much pain, that I can’t sleep. Then not only am I in pain, but I’m exhausted. I stay in bed for a couple days to rest up, and then I go out. Then the pain cycle starts again and my pain gets bad, and then I’m back in bed again.

I realize that I have to push my self to do things, or my pain can get overwhelming.  It is easy to get depressed, especially when the weather keeps changing and my pain is so bad. I am lucky to have a wonderful family and friends who help me get out of bed even when my pain is extreme. And when I can’t get out of bed, they are there to watch TV, talk or cry with me.

I know I could never get through this without the help of  the love and support of everyone.   THANK YOU!!!

 

 

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