What is CRPS? CRPS is a chronic, debilitating pain disorder that usually affects a limb after an injury. A CRPS patient will experience constant, unrelenting, pain along with a myriad of other symptoms. Many times the disease will spread to other parts of the body as well.
CRPS is a result of overactive/misfiring sympathetic nerve fibers. Many cases of CRPS are due to some sort of trauma: surgery; broken/sprained bones or ligaments; injections; infections or nerve damage.
CRPS does not discriminate; men/women, young or old. There is no known explanation of why this disorder occurs in some people and not others.
Many CRPS Patients Also Experience:
Melzack and Torgerson first developed The McGill Pain Index at the McGill Institute in 1971 as a way of gauging the quality of pain. This index is used by doctors and hospitals worldwide and is a valuable tool when evaluating chronic pain. It is considered to be a consistent, reliable and effective instrument.
The McGill Pain Index can show others how drastic CRPS pain is compared to more familiar medical problems and disease.