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



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.


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…

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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 !!