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Study Says DRG Stimulation Effective Pain Relief for CRPS/RSD

According to a new study, those suffering with complex regional pain syndrome/reflex sympathetic dystrophy (CRPS/RSD) may be able to obtain significant limb pain relief with dorsal root ganglion (DRG) stimulation, more so than from traditional spinal cord stimulation (SCS). ACCURATE Study Findings The study data… Read More

High Frequency Stimulation Could be Effective Treatment for CRPS/RSD, Study Says

A German study found that high frequency repetitive stimulation helped improve tactile ability and overall pain in patients affected by complex regional pain syndrome/reflex sympathetic dystrophy (CRPS/RSD). The study, published in the Frontiers in Neurology journal, focused on the work done by researchers at the… Read More

CRPS/RSD Sufferers Can Learn to Rephrase Pain

In a medical context, words are more than mere puffs of air – they are neurological events. The McGill Pain Index, one of the most widely used pain assessment systems, relies completely on verbal descriptions to diagnose the severity of someone’s pain, and ranks CRPS/RSD… Read More

Women Connect on Twitter, Form Global RSD/CRPS Support Group

Throughout the 30 years I have been representing patients with CRPS/RSD, I have come to appreciate how helpful and comforting a support group is for these folks. Each has his or her own unique experience and methods of coping with the heinous condition. Two women devastated… Read More

Former ER Doctor Spreads the Word: CRPS is Real

Dr. Billy Alexander, an internal medicine physician from West Monroe, Louisiana, took a strong message to the American College of Emergency Physicians annual meeting in late October: Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is real. “Surprisingly, some physicians are somewhat skeptical about it,” Dr. Alexander was… Read More

New Study Says Ketamine May Reduce Pain in Adolescents with CRPS/RSD

A new study suggests that ketamine may be a safe and effective way to relieve chronic pain in adolescents suffering from a variety of chronic pain conditions, according to a report published by Pain Medicine News. The purpose of the study was to examine clinical… Read More

Finnish Researchers Find Link Between the Choroid Plexus and RSD/CRPS

Aalto University neuroscientists, in collaboration with researchers at Helsinki University Hospital and Harvard Medical School, have found a link between the size of the choroid plexus in the brain and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), also known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD). According to a… Read More

Fight the Flame 5k Raises Money for RSD-CRPS

The 3rd Annual Fight the Flame 5k is an official time-chipped race and walk to raise awareness and money for Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)/Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). It scheduled for November 1 at 8:00 a.m. at McAlpine Creek Park in Charlotte, North Carolina. What… Read More

Connecticut Board Votes to Cover CRPS/RSD Under State Medical Marijuana Law

On August 19, the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection’s Medical Marijuana Program Board of Physicians voted unanimously in favor of adding complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS/RSD) to the list of conditions covered under Connecticut’s medical marijuana law, meaning that marijuana use will be allowed for… Read More

Plasma Exchange Therapy a Potential Treatment Option for RSD/CRPS Sufferers

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS/RSD) has remained a mystery in terms of how to best treat it, but a new, potentially effective treatment known as plasma exchange (PE) therapy gives new hope for those suffering from the chronic pain condition. A study published in Pain… Read More

New Study, Medication Gives Hope to CRPS-RSD Victims

Axsome Therapeutics, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to developing therapies for the treatment of pain and other central nervous system disorders, announced last month that the first patient has been enrolled in the CREATE-1 (CRPS Treatment Evaluation 1) study, a Phase 3 trial evaluating the… Read More

CRPS-RSD Pain Affects Sufferers, Family Members Too

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, also known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, is a rare, incurable disorder that causes the brain to send pain signals to the body, even when there is no detectable reason for the pain. This condition causes many sufferers to have ongoing, bone-crushing… Read More

Lawsuit Highlights How RSD/CRPS Often Misunderstood

Although Jim Broatch, executive vice president of the Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association, describes the pain associated with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) as greater than that of giving birth or having a digit amputated, there is widespread misunderstanding about the pain and limitations that… Read More