Complex regional pain syndrome (CPRS) is a potentially debilitating, multi-system condition which is mainly recognised as chronic pain within a limb or extremity, that lasts for a long time, after the normal length of healing after any type of trauma or illness. CRPS usually begins in one area of the body but can continue to affect any part of the body, spreading away from the initially damaged area, even if this is just one limb.
CRPS is associated with sensory, motor, autonomic, skin or bone abnormalities and the pain of which is usually out of proportion to the original injury or trauma. CRPS is often usually associated with limb dysfunction and can cause severe distress, anxiety or even depression. However, CRPS is not a psychological disorder, but can cause psychological issues. Originally called reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), CRPS is the same condition and more commonly referred to as such in recent years.
There is no single treatment for all those who suffer with CRPS, and some treatments, especially drugs can cause significant side-effects. However, the below treatments have proven effective in many cases:-
Cannabis medication has been proven as an excellent solution to help people with CRPS. It helps to relieve nerve pain, muscle spasms, inflammation and limb and stiffness. It can also help relive insomnia and help relaxation. Cannabis medications, even at low doses, can present an effective option for patients with treatment-resistant neuropathic pain with none of the unpleasant side-effects that conventional drugs can present
The symptoms of your chronic pain will be assessed during a no obligation consultation and examination, here at Integro Medical Clinics. We will assess the type of pain, severity, functional impact and context. If you experience musculoskeletal pain, you may benefit from X-rays of the affected areas. In cases of neuropathic pain, nerve conduction studies as well as electromyography may be used, to identify the nerves that are affected. After a thorough examination and medical history check, your clinician will make recommendations for pain management or other investigations, depending on the underlying cause of your chronic pain. Following this initial assessment, we can provide a plan, which may include cannabis medicines as an option for pain management, for your unique requirements.