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Here is How You can Cope With Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)!!

The pain in the arms, legs, hands or feet that occurs as a result of some major or minor accident and is usually ignored after taking some over the counter medications, thinking that these would be enough to cure the pain. But if the pain as a result of some injury is not treated then it can worsen leading to complex regional pain syndrome. This term is said to be a condition that brings the pain after an injury or after some damage or malfunction that is caused to the peripheral and central nervous system.

What are the Symptoms of CRPS?

One most common symptom of complex regional pain syndrome is said to be the continuous pain intense pain in the affected limbs and becomes worse with the passage of time. The other symptoms include:

  • Disability in moving the affected joint
  • A burning excruciating pain
  • The affected joints become swollen and get stiffed
  • You may see changes in the pattern of nail and hair growth, either there is more or no hair growth at all.
  • Skin changes are observed when CRPS is faced. There is change in skin temperature either too warm or cold. The skin color changes to pale, purple or blotchy. The texture of the skin changes to shiny and thin etc

The Coping Strategies!

Knowing that you are facing complex regional pain syndrome, below strategies can followed:

Learn to Pace Yourself!!

You should be well aware of your body’s limit in performing the tasks. You should know which activity you can do for how much time. This way only, you will be able to decrease the burden on yourself. For instance if you have decided to wash the clothes then make sure that it is restricted one pile that oyu wash that would not cause stress on your body.


Stay informed about the relaxation exercises because those would be the techniques that will calm yourself and also slow down your nervous system. Learning a few relaxation exercises would help alleviate your pain associated with complex regional pain syndrome.


Focus on distracting your attention from the pain that you are experiencing. In case the medication requires time to work, you can perform some other tasks at that time such as craft-work, painting, watching television, writing, knitting etc.

If you or any of your loved one is suffering from chronic complex regional pain syndrome or any other body pain, get a professional advice from Dr. Zaki Anwar by placing an appointment at (815) 464-7212). He is an expert anesthesiologist and certified Pain Management Specialist who has been practicing pain relief techniques for the past several years with effective results.