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Learning to Cope with CRPS / RSD: Putting life first and CRPS / RSD second

by Karen Rodham Singing Dragon
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With the help of this compact guide, anyone suffering from CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome) (also known as RSD - Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy) will better understand their condition and cope with the reality of living with it.

Prof Karen Rodham draws on a wealth of clinical experience to give tried-and-tested practical advice for managing this very complex and debilitating syndrome, about which very little is understood by the medical community at large. Ten first-hand patient accounts of living with CRPS illustrate just how wide-ranging the impact can be physically, socially and emotionally, and what has helped on an individual basis.

This book's hands-on guidance will be of great help to people diagnosed with CRPS and show family and friends how they can best provide support. It is also an essential resource for health psychologists working with CRPS patients.

Introduction. 1. What is CRPS? 2. What is it like to live with CRPS? 2.1. Happy's Story. 2.2. Helen's Story. 2.3. Cloggy's Story. 2.4. Sam's Story. 2.5. Sarah's Story. 2.6. Melanie's Story. 2.7. Thomas's Story. 2.8. Crystal's Story. 2.9. Stella's Story. 2.10. Snoopy's Story. 2.11. What can we learn from these stories? 3. How can I cope with CRPS? 4. CRPS does not just affect the person who is diagnosed with CRPS. 5. Endings. Useful resources. References.

A little gem. Clearly written, full of insights and tremendously thoughtful. Real life stories capture the impact of this complex condition, but offer hope for the future. This book will be an asset to anyone experiencing CRPS or supporting someone with it - including health professionals.
Karen Rodham is a chartered health psychologist specialising in CRPS. Whilst working as an academic at the University of Bath she also practiced at the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases. As of May 2014 she is Professor of Health Psychology at Staffordshire University, UK.