There is no single guide to help those living with CRPS/ RSD because each case is unique, but some tips can help with daily activities and routines.
Manage stress and tension
Stress and tension it always makes things worse. The system responsible for fight or flight is the same one that is involved with CRSP / RSD, when something speeds you up, it feeds the CRPS and worsens the symptoms. There are some stress management tools that you can use. A common one is the breathing exercise – focused breathing will help control tension, you also need to make sure you are getting plenty of rest and a good night’s sleep. If you feel like you need advice, please do so; there is no need to harden it because it does not work. It can be very beneficial to have a support system.
Exercise is important
Being active may be the last thing on your mind, but moderate, light exercise a few times a week can help you manage pain and retain strength. Walking, stretching, restorative therapies, and myofascial release are excellent activities. If you choose physical therapy, always make sure you choose someone who has experience dealing with patients with RSD / CRPS.
Coping with hypersensitivity
Pain symptoms for CRPS sufferers can work with what would otherwise seem minimal. Some examples include sitting near an air conditioning vent, being in a moving car, or listening to music. These situations tend to intensify the pain. Drafts, vibrations, and changing weather fronts can lead to increased pain. When someone has CRPS, the slightest sensation can lead to increased pain and how it feels. Anything that keeps you warm will help. CRPS reduces blood flow to the skin and things that will increase your blood flow will help. Some of them include taking a warm bath (Epsom salt can also be helpful), turning up the thermostat at home, or supplements like magnesium citrate that relax blood vessels and improve blood flow.
Maintain a healthy diet
It is important to eat well, but the foods you choose can help you control your CRPS. You should stay away from foods that decrease blood flow, for example, chocolate and coffee. If you are allergic to vegetables near the shade, such as white potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, lactose, or gluten, stay away from them. Anything that can challenge your immune system is a no-no because it can make things worse.
Listening to your body
There are times when you feel like you can push yourself a little harder and do more, even if you don’t feel like it, but you shouldn’t overdo it. it’s a good idea to keep up. Always keep in mind that how you might feel now is not the whole story. If you’re doing something and you may feel cold or sore, but keep pushing, it will end up being a very bad idea. You shouldn’t feel defeated or depressed because you couldn’t finish doing laundry or vacuuming. You have to accept that there are good and bad days, so all you have to do is do the best you can when you can.
Embracing something that gives it meaning or keeps your mind occupied
People have things that they enjoy. Some are searching for greater purpose and meaning. Sometimes it can be It’s hard to appreciate these things when living with chronic pain.. If you can learn to live with CRPS so that you are not in control of your life, it may be easier for you to do all the things you enjoy. This may seem strange, in most cases CRPS will give you the tools you need to empower yourself and to help others. This will require some training in understanding, but if you can make CRPS your purpose, it will be easier for you to live with the condition. Get into a hobby because it is a good way not to think about pain. Get a pet, challenge yourself with a puzzle or download a mobile game on your phone. There are many different ways to distract yourself from pain.