Some of you may or may not know that I am a trustee of CRPS – UK, as I used to be a researcher into the condition and I have published peer review articles about it and a novella under my pseudonym Maddy Chaston, called By Her Side, which is still available as a paperback or a kindle on Amazon…Unfortunately Complex Regional Pain Syndrome occurs more often in women – usually after an injury or an operation. Some people recover after a few weeks, whereas others go onto develop a chronic condition. It is almost as common as Rheumatoid Arthritis, but very few people know about it:

The symptoms may include some or all of the following:

  • Unbearable pain in an arm/hand or a foot/leg even to light touch
  • Swelling
  • Unusual perceptions about the shape and size of the limb
  • Sweating
  • Temporary extensive nail and hair growth
  • Colour changes in the skin
  • Temperature differences
  • Stiffness and/or erratic movements
  • So if you have 4 or more of these symptoms in one of your limbs do ask your GP to refer you to a rheumatologist.

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