WHAT IS CRPS – COMPLEX REGIONAL PAIN SYNDROME?…

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome or CRPS for short is according to the NHS website a poorly understood condition in which a person experiences persistent severe and debilitating pain.

Although most cases of CRPS are triggered by an injury, the resulting pain is much more severe and long-lasting than normal.

The pain is usually confined to one limb, but it can sometimes spread to other parts of the body.

The skin of the affected body part can become so sensitive that just a slight touch, bump or even a change in temperature can provoke intense pain.

Affected areas can also become swollen, stiff or undergo fluctuating changes in colour or temperature.

Many cases of CRPS gradually improve to some degree over time, or get completely better. However, some cases of CRPS never go away, and the affected person will experience pain for many years.

Many people ask if it the same as Fibromyalgia but while Fibromyalgia can be quite painful there still exists no other chronic pain syndrome that touches CRPS in its intensity; Fibromyalgia can come and go into remission for weeks or months at a time while it is much more rare for that to happen for CRPS.

The other problem that occurs is that many CRPS patients develop Fibromyalgia and end up with both to some degree.

A good website in the UK which explains CRPS in great detail is CRPS-UK.Org

 

THE STRUCTURES OF LOWER BACK PAIN…

This brilliant structure poster on Lower Back Pain from Health Blog shows in great detail some of the most common causes and statistics of Lower Back Pain. With a statistic that 80% of the population at some stage or other will experience some type of Lower Back Pain, the more we understand what we put out backs through the better. They say that most cases of Back Pain are mechanical, meaning they are not caused by serious conditions.

AN EXPERIMENTAL FILM ABOUT FIBROMYALGIA…

COMING SOON ~ A HAPPY SEVEN (an experimental short film about fibromyalgia) Directed By: Sophie Meath Starring: Anna Stranz, Hannah Aslesen, Laura Ricci, Christy Kane, Sawyer Hathaway Genre: Experimental/Drama I was attending a fibromyalgia support group meeting at the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute where I met Sophie Meath, Director of A Happy Seven. She had…

via COMING SOON ~ A HAPPY SEVEN (an experimental short film about fibromyalgia) — Fibro Warriors ~ Living Life

A CUP OF TEA FOR OSTEOPOROSIS…

Well as if we did not have enough reasons to drink tea, they are now saying that tea can also be the ultimate bone builder for women with Osteoporosis.

Apparently new research based on more than 3,000 women shows that ‘those who had the most flavonoids in their diets had denser and stronger bones’.

Drinking tea and eating fruit and vegetables can give you stronger bones and therefore less problems with Osteoporosis.

Until now the role of flavonoids which you can find in fruit, vegetables, tea, nuts and seeds, had not actually been investigated for their role in the bone and health of humans. But a recent study showed that tea was the ‘main’ source of flavonoids to the diet.

Actually how the fruit and vegetable work is not clear, but the antioxidant effects some flavonoids have are thought to be involved.

According to Save Our Bones the best bone building and health enhancing teas include White Tea, Hibiscus Tea, Rooibos, Chamomile, Green, Dandelion, and Milk Thistle.

So, go and put the kettle on and make yourself a lovely cuppa !!

FIBROMYALGIA AND ULNA NERVE ENTRAPMENT – ARE THEY CONNECTED?…

Back in January I wrote how I had been suffering from pins and needles in my right pinky finger and second finger and my GP had said she thought it was probably a trapped Ulnar Nerve.

A trapped Ulnar Nerve is caused when the surrounding tunnel between the forearm muscles becomes too tight. The ulnar nerve goes round the back of the inner side of your elbow (sometimes called your funny bone). It then goes through a tight tunnel between the forearm muscles. If the tunnel becomes too tight it can cause pressure on the nerve, usually resulting in numbness in your ring and little fingers – called cubital tunnel syndrome.

I was told to apply anti inflammatory gel twice a day and if it was no better in four weeks to go back and see my GP. During the four week period I also had my lumber spinal injections so my pain consultant suggested I go straight to see his Physiotherapist as she could treat me conservatively with massage and exercises. At my second visit to the Physiotherapist it was obvious that it was very bad and she felt that I should go back to my pain consultant to talk about some pain relief. It has now reached the stage where I cannot drive, cannot use the computer upstairs as I cannot work the mouse without pain and the pain during the night is waking me up regularly.

I booked a telephone conversation with my pain consultants nurse yesterday and she pointed out that firstly it was a new problem so I would have to see my pain consultant first and secondly that because I am having regular steroid injections in my lumber spine it would mean that I am not allowed some in my arm. I was given an arm splint which I am using all the time as it’s my right hand which is always doing one thing or another.

I then decided that I would research this problem to see if there was anything I could do in the meantime to help it heal and it is apparently a very very common compalint. Resting the arm with the trapped nerve is obvious but not being able to write and go onto the internet on my laptop would be heartbreaking for me so I am just trying to pace myself a little. I also noticed that when I put this condition into google that quite a few came up with ‘Fibromyalgia’ in the description so I looked further into the problem and low and behold it is quite a common complaint for people who are suffering from Fibro.

The trouble is that the nerve actually comes from your neck and so the nurse I spoke to yesterday said the consultant would definitely want to check out my neck first which of course has had two previous surgeries to it and has another prolapsed disc under the previous fusion. I can now see that the chances are this new problem is related to all my spinal and Fibro problems and I will just have to try and be patient until I know the outcome of it all.