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Self-help and daily living for complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)

Exercise

Regular exercise is important for your general health. Your instinct may be to avoid exercise if you're in pain, but you should still try to do a little each day in addition to the specific exercises you've been shown for your painful limb.

Walking and swimming are good low-impact exercises that will help keep you fit and healthy, maintaining strength and function in the affected limb without putting too much strain on it.

Read more about exercise and arthritis.

Diet

Although there’s no direct link between your diet and CRPS, keeping to a healthy weight and eating a sensible, balanced diet is important for your overall wellbeing.

There's some evidence that high doses of vitamin C may reduce the risk of developing CRPS following an operation, and it's been suggested that vitamin C may be helpful in the early stages of CRPS.

Read more about diet and arthritis.

Work

Most people with CRPS are able to continue in their jobs, although you may need to make some alterations to your working environment, especially if you have a physically demanding job.

Speak to your employer's occupational health service if they have one, or your local Jobcentre Plus can put you in touch with Disability Employment Advisers who can arrange work assessments. They can advise you on changing the way you work and on equipment that may help you to do your job more easily. If necessary, they can also help with retraining for more suitable work.

Read more about work and arthritis.

Dealing with stress

Living with a long-term condition like CRPS can lower your morale and may affect your sleep. It’s important to tackle problems like these as they could lead to depression and will certainly make the CRPS more difficult to cope with.

It often helps to talk about negative feelings, so it could be useful to speak to your healthcare team, or your family and friends. Support groups are also available – your doctor may be able to tell you about organisations in your area.

Find out more about coping with fatigue or long-term pain.

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