Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)

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Please keep in mind that before treating any condition, including Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), as TMS or PPD, it is vitally important to consult with your physician in order to rule out any serious medical conditions. To learn more about TMS and PPD, and to help you figure out if you have it, visit our An Introduction to TMS page and watch the video there. Some more guidance in figuring out if this approach is right for you can be found in the video at the top of our So You Think You Might Have TMS page.

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Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) and TMS Success Stories

  • Salamander's Story : In this story, Salamander discusses how he had a variety of PPD symptoms since he was 16 year old, including Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. His symptoms were so severe that he believed the only possibly explanation was structural damage. How could one's unconscious mind create such extreme and debilitating pain? Through reading and rereading Dr. Sarno's books, Salamander began to accept the diagnosis and recover. Follow the link to read more about Salamander's TMS Success Story.
  • Ledger says:
    The effects of the employing the concepts in The Mindbody Prescription have been a dream come true for me. I had suffered from chronic pain problems for over 15 years. It started out as lower back pain, which then spread to become chronic shoulder tendinitis, upper back and neck pain, and then elbow and wrist pain as well. Over the years, my lifestyle gradually changed from being very active and in great shape to being unable to walk in one mile without extreme pain. The lower back pain was diagnosed as a degenerated disc for which I had two fusion surgeries in 1998 and 2001. My shoulder problems were supposedly caused by excess laxity in the ligaments and led me to have surgery on both of my shoulders. As is apparently common with TMS, the surgeries would help for a while, and then the pain would return, worse than ever. I tried everything: physical therapy (more sessions than I can possibly remember), chiropractic, VAX-D disc decompression therapy, acupuncture, rolfing, trigger point therapy, McKenzie, Egosque, steroid injections etc. Some of these techniques helped for a while, but the pain would always return as vicious as ever. I came to conclude I suffered from chronic myofascial pain syndrome and was told by "medical professionals" that the best I could hope for was to control it and would never be fully functional again.

    Thank God I was unwilling to accept these dire assessments. I actually read Dr. Sarno's book 4 or 5 years ago and dismissed it without giving it a real chance. It was only when I was truly desperate that I picked it up again in December, 2002 with an open mind. Within one week or so I noticed the pain was diminished. Amazingly, within 4-5 weeks, the pain was nearly gone. So then I started to exercise again and initially the pain came back, but I assured myself the pain had nothing to do with any kind of muscle inflammation or joint problem, and was only being caused by my subconscious. Sure enough, I continued to expand my workouts and now four months after applying the technique, I am in great shape, working out nearly every day, and in virtually no pain.

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) referenced in TMS Books

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Should this page and Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) be folded into one page?

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