Pain Management for CRPS | New Treatments for CRPS 2021

Pain Management for CRPS

New Treatments for CRPS 2021 - hand and arm on fire

***Please see the update at the bottom of the article for a new treatment for CRPS 2022

New Treatments for CRPS 2021: What is Complex Regional Pain Syndrome?

For those who have not heard, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome is a  neuro-logical disease whose “trademark” is “pain out of proportion to the original injury”, that usually being a sprain, fracture, or surgery site accompanied by shock. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders it most often affects one limb (arm, leg, hand, or foot). It is believed to be caused by damage to, or malfunction of, the peripheral and sympathetic nervous system. Shortly we will discuss pain management for CRPS, and discover new treatments for CRPS in 2021, but first let’s learn more about chronic regional pain syndrome.

CRPS is characterized by prolonged or excessive pain, changes in skin color, temperature, and/ or swelling, abnormal sweating and nail and hair growth, joint stiffness, and impaired muscle strength and movement. The pain is excruciating and either shooting, sharp, or burning. Some sufferers have mild symptoms and recover over time. Sadly, most will not recover and will suffer from long lasting pain and disability. This chronic pain in turn causes insomnia, anxiety, mood swings, and depression.

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“CRPS Is Relentless and Unpredictable”

Not much is actually known about this uncommon affliction, so diagnosis can be hard and time consuming. The first six months is critical for diagnosis and treatment or severe atrophy sets in.

As described by one sufferer:

“CRPS is a monster. It shows no mercy. It comes out of nowhere and is relentless. It is unpredictable. It is a daily struggle, trying to stay positive and rise above it.”

One poor young man suffered such terrible and relentless pain that he finally requested amputation of the afflicted hand. Sadly even that did not work.

Train Your Brain and Reverse Chronic CRPS8 Natural Remedies for Pain Relief and Management of CRPS

Unless you really dig (and in the right places) you will find no publicized cure for this horrible affliction. I have researched pain management techniques and ways of easing the pain, albeit temporarily. We will list these, shortly.

But a man named Roger G. Carlsen learned how he could train his brain and reverse chronic CRPS. He is now symptom-free and living normally! Here is what he did. We highly recommend reading this!

Mr. Carlsen’s regiment requires much discipline and determination, but is clearly effective.

Here are some natural remedies that will give at least temporary relief in the meantime, and whether or not you decide to try Roger G. Carlsen’s method.

8 Natural Remedies for Pain Relief and Management of CRPS

1. If you are worried about the effects of pharmaceutical pain relief meds try magnesium. It helps to reduce pain signals to the brain. Magnesium is an ingredient in Epsom salts and they are well known in bath form to reduce inflammation and alleviate pain. Soak the affected limb in Epsom salts and you will feel the difference, if only temporarily.

2. Vitamin C aids in neutralizing free radicals and helps to synthesize collagen which helps in joint pain.

3. Try dry needling. It focuses on trigger points to help reduce pain and also gives you more range of motion in the affected limb.

Pain Management for CRPS | New Treatments for CRPS 2021 - brain with CRPS4. Light, gentle exercises
(like those laid out by Mr. Carlsen). Deep breathing exercises help to relax your mind and reduce stress and tension.

5. There is no particular diet for CRPS sufferers but certain foods are anti-inflammatory and thus beneficial for easing symptoms. These are classed as “the four F’s”, which refers to fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, fish, and fowl. The harmful foods are “the four C’s” meaning cookies, cakes, chocolate, and cocktails. This is pretty self-explanatory.

6. Temperature therapy has been found to ease pain associated with CRPS. Heat relaxes the muscles and warms the cool skin that often accompanies this affliction. Just be careful not to apply too much heat for too long and NEVER apply ice or cold therapy as it can worsen the symptoms.

7. Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) units are a great help. They are small battery operated devices with electrodes that are placed on the skin. They work by sending small electrical currents to the affected nerve endings. This effectively blocks pain signals from travelling to the brain.

8. Neuro Regen is a relatively new nerve support herbal formulation that is being used by some CRPS sufferers. It is made up of Lion’s Mane, Epimedium (known as Horny Goat Weed oddly enough), Velvet Bean, Sulforaphane, and piperine.

These ingredients together protect nerves, stimulate nerve regrowth, and help to balance the nervous system.

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Some Other Resources, Including Promising New Treatments for CRPS 2021

Thankfully more and more research is being done and papers are being written about treatments for this vile disorder. Here is a list that I found very informative:

Harden RN ed. CRPS treatment guidelines

Hyatt K. Overview of CRPS and Recent Management Using Spinal Cord     Stimulation

– 5 New Treatments for CRPS 2021

SummaryMan celebrating being pain-free | New Treatments for CRPS 2021

We have covered what is complex regional pain syndrome and listed 8 natural rem-edies for pain relief and management of CRPS.

But most importantly, we have discovered that there is in fact a method for reversing CRPS, whereby you can actually train your brain and reverse chronic CRPS!

Here is the link again to Roger G Carlsen’s article on how he learned to reverse a chronic case of complex regional pain syndrome and live completely pain-free.


UPDATE: January 2, 2022

Addendum: Is This the Cure for CRPS??

In 2021 I wrote this article on the terribly painful and debilitating affliction called CRPS, or Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome. We have had feedback from several people who are simply at the end of their rope. Their suffering is unbearable and there seems to be no way to get it to completely stop.

I am writing now because I believe there just might be a light at the end of that tunnel. I want to be very clear when I say this has not been proven but constant research and trials are in the works. Here is the story:

Neridronate Infusions for CRPSNeridronate Infusions for CRPS

Specialists in Italy have been conducting trials with neridronate infusions. Shockingly they are claiming that 100% of their CRPS patients not only became free of the symptoms but remained pain free at their one year follow-up.

So let’s see what this is all about. Neridronate is one of a group of medicines called bisphosphonates, which bind to the surface of bones and stop their breakdown. So far they have been mostly used to treat osteoporosis and bone cancer.

A forty day trial period was carried out on CRPS sufferers and the results were very positive. After twenty days on neridronate the patients reported definite pain relief. By the end of forty days 73% had a pain reduction of more than 50% of their pain as well as significant improvements in swelling and movement of the affected limb. Those taking regular painkillers were able to stop that medication altogether. And, most incredibly, none of the patients had CRPS symptoms a whole year later.

The treatment involves four intravenous infusions of 100 mg of neridronate conducted over ten days. This is done in hospital and monitored by medical staff.

Neridronate Infusions for CRPS Not Yet In North America

Unfortunately the treatment is only available in Italy at this time. It is used for osteoporosis in some other countries and clinical trials in its use for CRPS are being undertaken as we speak. As well at this point, and judging by the abovementioned study, the treatment only works on those who are in their first few months of the affliction. Although the Italian team claim that the treatment is still somewhat effective for those who have been suffering for years. They also admit that some patients may require eight rather than four infusions, depending on the severity of their CRPS.

VIDEO: NERIDRONATE INFUSIONS FOR CRPS

In conclusion, this is definitely not a total cure as yet and people requesting the treatment would need to go through the expense of travelling to Italy as well as the cost of the treatment but it is a very, very good start. Ongoing research will further tell the tale but I feel that this progress will give people hope where before there was none. And, let’s face it, this shines a light on this debilitating disease that was not there before, meaning that more research will be carried out.

To read the article from which this information was taken please go to the link below.

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14 thoughts on “Pain Management for CRPS | New Treatments for CRPS 2021”

  1. Thanks for explaining about CRPS. I didn’t know the term until reading your article here. I think my cousin has experienced this chronic pain once during summer after injuring her left feed. I don’t know if she’s still experiencing it, but I will forward your article to her. She loves everything organic and natural therapy, and the temperature therapy seems interesting. 

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  2. Hello Larke, This post opened my eyes to the fact that I know very little about CRPS and how it may worsen if we do not take excellent care of our bodies. Natural pain relief methods are fantastic, and I intend to try them. I also need to take care of my health. Thank you for providing this useful information.

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  3. Hi Larke. Thank you for very important article. I do have a feeling that we still don’t talk enough about CRPS and its really difficult to find reliable information on this in internet. But your post is really helpful, and for sure I will test your advices regarding natural remedies for pain relief. I knew about vitamin C, but temperature therapy is something completely new for me. Hope it will help!

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  4. I have been experiencing a lot of regional pain that is seemingly disproportionate with anything I have ever experienced before. However, I am glad to read that there is treatment for CRPS. And what has surprised me more is that we can even train our brain to reverse chronic CRPS. Thanks for this light at the end of the tunnel.

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  5. I had no idea this was a thing and now that I read it, it may explain some of the issues I have been experiencing with my left ankle.  It is always swelling up and increasingly painful and the doctors can’t seem to figure out what the hell is causing it.  

    That is nuts that someone amputated their limb and they still suffered the affliction.  That goes to show it is completely neurological/ psychological.  

    Thank you for some great suggestions.  I will be trying some of them.  I already have a Tens unit that I used to self cure my trigger thumb.  It was the only thing that worked.  Physical therapy just made the situation worse.  That being said, I’ll be trying it in my ankle next.  

    Thanks again! 

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  6. I found this very informative as I do suffer from pain from old injuries. I have been using medicine prescribed by doctors. I must say I am not that happy with this as it upsets my stomach. This is because I have had bowel cancer, luckily benign. However some of my intestine was removed. I like the idea of using natural remedies. When you talk about dry needling, is that acupuncture? I would be very happy to find an alternative to the daily routine of taking medicine.

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  7. Yeah, I will be the first to say, the CRPS looks like a really nasty condition. I mean, it looks really debilitating and hopeless, especially given that traditional medicine not only struggles to identify it, but also is absolutely incapable of treating it.

    I love that Roger G. Carlsen guy. I love when people don’t give up and surrender to being a victim with conditions like this. Because it’s so incredibly easy to. I love that they persevere and not only that. I genuinely appreciate them for the knowledge and a way for a cure that they pass on. 🙂

    I will check out those other resources as well. Cheers.

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    • Thank you, Matiss. Yes, I don’t know if I would be able to focus through that kind of pain. I can’t imagine. Mr. Carlsen is surely due some serious praise.

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