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 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:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or CBT
- Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing or EMDR
- Mindfulness Meditation for CRPS and Chronic Pain
- Rapid Eye Movement or REM – This isn’t a treatment but the blog has information about tips for good sleep hygiene
- General Counselling i.e. talking through your worries, anxiety or concerns
- Stress Management
- Acceptance of CRPS and Persistent Pain
- Coping Strategies
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