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Psychological Treatments for CRPS/RSD & Chronic Pain

2018-01-16
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Psychological Treatments for CRPS/RSD & Chronic Pain

 

There are a few psychological treatments for CRPS/RSD and Chronic Pain that are available. Most people who have been diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) or Chronic Pain, often have problems associated with the condition such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, general stress – all of these psychological aspects won’t help the pain from the condition.

 

You may find it hard to relax, unable to cope or find that you don’t get support from family and even friends. All of these emotions are perfectly normal to feel if you have been diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and also for anyone suffering with Chronic Pain. In fact in a majority of occasions it will intensify the pain feeling and it tends not to help the sufferer cope with everything associated with CRPS nor does it help people rehabilitate. So many treatments are often used for the psychological aspect of the condition, Burning Nights CRPS Support will be producing various blogs in a series dedicated to just some of the main psychological treatments for CRPS/RSD and Chronic Pain.

 

CRPS can cause mental health issues due to the constant high level of pain and other symptoms that patients feel. We have a series of blogs designed to help treat the psychological side of living with the condition which we have listed below. However these are just some of the many psychological therapies that are out there for CRPS and chronic pain. There are many mindfulness based treatments that are helpful for people living with chronic pain.  Psychological therapies for persistent pain mainly fall into four (4) categories: operant-behavioural therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness-based therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy.

 

Psychological Treatments for CRPS/RSD and Chronic Pain - Stress is a particular problem for people with persistent pain

Psychological Treatments for CRPS/RSD and Chronic Pain – Stress is a particular problem for people with persistent pain

 

 

Psychological treatments for CRPS and chronic pain provide non-drug methods that can treat your persistent pain directly by reducing the high levels of stress that very often worsens the pain that you feel. Psychological treatment also helps improve the indirect effect of pain by helping you learn how to cope with the many problems associated with pain. (Cleveland Clinic)

 

In this blog series of Psychological Treatments for CRPS and Chronic Pain will be:

 

To learn more about each of the above mentioned psychological therapies for CRPS and chronic pain please click on each of the above headings. This will then take you to each of the treatments. There are more psychological therapies that are available to you as someone living with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome especially mindfulness based therapies. As you can see there are a few different Psychological Treatments for CRPS/RSD and Chronic Pain available to you as a sufferer. Why not give one a try to help you cope with the stress of having CRPS/RSD or chronic pain? Share this blog on social media or tell us which psychological treatments you have tried for your CRPS/RSD!

 

Cleveland Clinic (2015) “Pain: Psychological Treatment”  Available from Cleveland Clinic website

 

Last Updated: 16/01/2018

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I'm a barrister, advocate & sufferer of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). I am also a bilateral (double) above knee amputee due to aggressive symptoms of CRPS. However I want to help all those affected by this devastating condition which includes those living with CRPS, their loved ones, families, carers and friends. Please help spread awareness of this debilitating and life-changing condition - CRPS. We need your support!
  1. Patricia Dunn

    We live in Portage, Indiana and my husband Roger Dunn suffers from CRPS due to a nerve surgery on the ulnar nerve in his left arm. the CRPS has moved to the right arm as well and now into his left foot. he is extremely depressed and needs a doctor that specializes in chronic pain or the knowledge of CRPS. Can you give me any help on how to find a good psychologist or phsychiatrist?

  2. jhustin rutter

    you are a advocate can we talk i need your help

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