Positive Options for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (Crps)

Positive Options for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (Crps) : Self-Help and Treatment

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Imagine if the mere breeze of an air conditioner were to send you into excruciating pain. For those suffering from Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), historically called Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), this crippling neuropathic pain is an unrelenting reality. With symptoms such as swelling, hypersensitivity, stiffness, burning pain, and temperature abnormalities, CRPS can develop at any time and quickly leaves its victims disabled and isolated.
This book explains CRPS in an accessible style for all readers, and provides the latest medical treatments, self-help techniques, complementary therapies, and holistic strategies for maximizing the potential for healing. Readers will find a wealth of tips on life modifications to help better manage their condition. They'll find two interviews with practitioners who offer insights every patient should know, with the help of pain specialist Edward Carden, MD, and occupational therapist and neurological acupuncturist Sheri Barnes. They'll find a discussion of complementary therapies to tailor to their needs. They'll find a list of "dynamite distractions" that can refresh the pain-wracked mind and help readers rediscover their imagination and humor, when they just need to take their mind off the illness. They'll draw hope from real patient testimonies on techniques for transforming the pain and discomfort of CRPS. They'll find a chapter addressed to loved ones, providing advice and support in their difficult roles as encouragers and caregivers. Finally, readers will find information on how everyone can help to increase CRPS awareness, and an extensive list of resources to help patients and caregivers begin to connect with the support available.
CRPS remains a mysterious, poorly understood condition and few books about it exist, as knowledge of the syndrome continues to evolve. Previously, the condition was called Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD). This second, retitled edition to the original Positive Options for Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD): Self-help and Treatment (2004) is chock-full of new information, reflecting a decade's worth of advancements following the popular debut of the book's first edition.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 140 x 213 x 15mm | 295g
  • Alameda, CA, United States
  • English
  • 2nd ed.
  • 0897937104
  • 9780897937108
  • 533,556

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"Ms. Juris has written a wonderful, readable, hope-filled book for individuals and families struggling with a too often intractable foe." -- Jim Broatch, MSW, Executive Director, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association of America "Finally -- an inspirational, positive voice that speaks to us calmly, confidentially, wisely and equally comforting." -- Helen Small, President, PARC, Promoting Awareness of RSD/CRPS in Canada "Elena does a wonderful job demonstrating how multiple complementary therapies play a critical role in the individualized rehabilitation of RSD." -- Stephanie Gilliam, MPT, Physical Therapist, Arlington, VA "An outstanding gift of Elena's expertise is her expansive resource list of available help for this condition. A significant contribution." -- Marshall S. Frumin, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon, Houston, TX "I recommend this book with enthusiasm to people struggling with RSD, and to those who are involved in their care." -- Dr. Amanda C de C Williams, Reader in Clinical Health Psychology and Consultant Clinical Psychologist, University of London, UK "Elena bravely explores the mind-body connection and passionately articulates treating the whole person, detailing every option along the way." -- Cynthia Toussaint, Founder and Spokesperson, For Grace "An insightful and inspiring account for RSD sufferers and the health care community." -- Melissa Blank, MPT, Physical Therapist, Baltimore, MD "Provides lifesaving wisdom and is not afraid to examine the brutal difficulties of constant pain and lost independence." -- Sosha Devi, Yoga for Chronic Pain Project; American Pain Foundation, Baltimore, MD "This highly practical and action-oriented book is the most comprehensive storehouse of pain-relief I've seen around." -- Phyliss Shanken, MA, Psychologist, INTROSPECT of Buxmont, Colmar, PA "This inspiring and incredibly informative book provides dozens of proven ways to regain control of your health." -- David Spero, RN, Author of The Art of Getting Well: A Five-Step Plan for Maximizing Health When You Have a Chronic Illness
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About Elena Juris

A recovering CRPS patient currently in remission, Elena Juris has developed patient and professional health education programs and materials for organizations, government agencies, and companies such as the American Cancer Society, American Association of Poison Control Centers, and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Deputy Director of the National Institutes of Health Training Center, she lives in Washington, D.C. Dr. Edward Carden lives in Marina Del Ray, CA. Cynthia Toussaint lives in Studio City, CA.
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