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Overcoming CRPS/RSD
A success story

by Matthew Ford 16th Nov 2023 (originally posted 16th Nov 2023)
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This page records my wife's remission from CRPS by treating the symptoms that developed in her foot after she broke her toe.

Why is she not writing this? Because because even now, years later, if she talks about it or thinks about it, the pain and stinging starts coming back and she has to take her shoe off and massage her foot to get rid of it.

The trouble started when she kicked and broke her middle toe. Some weeks later her foot started to be painful, go red, swell up and become sensitive to touch. She went to her GP who gave her an urgent referral to a specialist. He took one look and said, “Forget about your broken toe. It is the CRPS you have to worry about.”, but otherwise did nothing.

So she went home and researched everything she could on treatments and tried them all and kept on with the ones that worked. She went to physio once a week, but only for a check up and gait correction.

Is there a 'cure' for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) / Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)

No, there is no 'cure', but if you catch it early, before the swelling and pain become unmovable, and put a lot of effort into treating it, you can get it under control.

The good news is that you do almost all the treatment yourself so it is not expensive.

The No 1 most important thing to do is to get diagnosed early, within 3 months of injury.

Things to look out for after an injury that may indicate the onset of CRPS

The No 2 most important thing to do is to dedicate your life to treating it.

If you don't commit your life to treating early CRPS, you will be in severe debilitating pain for the rest of your life.

My wife gave up any work and devoted all day every day to working on her foot for over 12 months.

How my wife got her CRPS into remission

She did the follow:-

The Things She Did that She Thought Were Most Important

Other Things She Did


Pain medication had no effect. The only drug she took was Lyica but it make her thinking fuzzy. She stopped it once the CRPS symptoms started to recede. She did use topical, not oral, anti-inflammatory cream (e.g. Nurofen)

High dose Vit C (till you get the runs) is reported to reduce the likelihood of developing CRPS after an injury. My wife, unfortunately, did not find out about this until after her CRPS had developed.

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