What is CRPS?
CRPS means Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and refers to a chronic condition that is not very well understood in the medical community at present. Despite every 1 in 3,800 people in the UK suffering from the CRPS, we still remain largely in the dark as to its causes and how to effectively treat it. All that is known so far is that it causes pain in an affected limb and is sometimes triggered by an accident. The treatment available includes providing education and skills in self-management
Is it a problem we need to address better?
Very little is known about the condition and this ignorance leads to a lack of awareness that can cause feelings of isolation and emotional difficulties in CRPS sufferers, so it’s definitely a problem that can and should be addressed more often. Chronic pain is a serious issue that needs to be better understood.
How can we achieve this?
More research needs to be done into the area of CRPS in order to determine the exact causes as well as exploring potential treatments. At present, the only CRPS treatment involves the use of pain killing medications and pain-management techniques, which may be effective in the short term but present no real options for long-term treatment. CRPS is a debilitating condition and can be very difficult to cope with, so the more we can learn about the condition the better.
Websites like Burning Nights are already making headway in this area. Run by a CRPS sufferer, the site aims to raise awareness of the condition through the chronicling of her experiences, creative writing and fundraising efforts. Awareness is one of the keys to better understanding a complex medical problem, so more sites and social networking related to this issue is an excellent way to compel further research into the area.