CRPS- and Pain-related Websites
A number of sites that promote awareness, education, and communication
among the community. Contains chat rooms and online support groups.
Survivor Support Resources
Resources for Veterans with CRPS
Opioids911-Safety is a single-purpose, independent, noncommercial, Internet-based educational activity from Pain Treatment Topics for patients and their caregivers on the proper and safe use of opioid pain relievers. Our mission is to provide an understanding of opioid analgesics and their various risks, and to suggest specific actions for preventing opioid-related problems. Instruction also is provided on recognizing opioid problems if they do occur and on being prepared for what to do during an emergency. This is a first-of-its-kind educational program for patients/caregivers solely dedicated to all aspects of opioid safety. Plus, there are special instructions and resources for healthcare providers in using Opioids911 at the point-of-care.
Communities and Blogs
For more online resources, click here.
RSDSA on Twitter
RSDSA on Facebook
CRPS/RSD A Better Life Blog
Military and Veterans with RSD/CRPS Facebook Group
Mothers Against Chronic Pain, is an organization of Moms, Dads, and concerned family members and friends that are looking for better ways to treat, cure, and take care of children who suffer from chronic pain conditions such as CRPS, EDS, and others.
NeuroTalk Communities: RSD and CRPS
R.A.F.T.S - Raising Awareness for Those Suffering
Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy and Acupuncture Treatment
The Definitive Link Library for Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (CRPS), Chronic Pain, and Similar Conditions
Here2Help:Teen Scene is a Facebook support group for teens suffering with RSD.
You can download these publications using Adobe Acrobat
the free reader here.
Children/Youth With CRPS Succeed in School
A guide for teachers, parents, and school administrators on
accommodating the special needs of children with CRPS.
Signs of CRPS HandiCard
A two-sided card with pain scale on one side and signs of
CRPS on the other.
Up to 5 cards free to members. Additional cards are $0.10 for members, $0.15 for nonmembers. Bulk (100): $7 for members and $10 for nonmembers.
Understanding, and Treating CRPS
this brochure details the signs and symptoms of CRPS and
presents some treatment options.
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome: A Guide for Therapy
A new brochure on treating CRPS from an occupational therapist.
Protocols for the CRPS patient: Handle With Care!
for patients and hospital staff to manage people with CRPS
during their stay in the hospital.
El Síndrome de Dolor Regional Complejo (también llamado Distrofia Simpática Refleja)
In Pain, Out of Work and Can't Pay the
This resource directory for People With CRPS covers government
assistance programs; free medicines for those who can't afford
them; clinical trials, food stamps, and other ideas for those
who suffer financially from the effects of CRPS.
To order your free copy of the In
Pain, Out of Work, and Can't Pay the Bills or any
of our brochures, please call the RSDSA office at 877.662.7737
or send your name, mailing address, and brochure requested
to RSDSA, 99 Cherry St., Milford, CT 06460.
Patient Advocate Foundation's Co-Pay Relief Program: Pain Fund
Medicare and Medicaid: A Resource Guide for People with Disabilities,
Their Families, and Their Advocates
Scholarship Resources for Students with Chronic Illness
Discharging Student Loans Due to Disability
Living With RSDS, by Peter Moskovitz, MD and Linda
Lang. To read a review, click here. To order a copy, click here.
Guide to Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
A resource guide for the person with CRPS. Each guide has
current and relevant CRPS research organized into categories
for easy reading. Free updates are provided for 1 year.
Medifocus Digest Alerts for RSD
Exit Wounds: A Survival Guide to Pain Management for Returning Veterans and Their Families
Derek McGinnis, U.S. Navy Veteran, Iraq War,
with Stephen R. Braun
From the American Pain Foundation
Articles and Resources
Partners Against Pain® is a resource that serves patients, caregivers, and healthcare professionals by advancing standards of pain care through education and advocacy.
Finding a Lawyer
Finding a Lawyer for a Workers' Compensation Case
a Lawyer for a Social Security Disability Case
to Avoid Firing Your Lawyer
Medicare Part D Appeals: An advocate's manual to navigating the Medicare private drug plan appeals process (PDF)
From the Medicare Rights Center
Finding a Physician and Medical Treatment
Consumer Guide to Pain Medications and Treatments
From the American Chronic Pain Association
FAQ on Opioids: Facts about Addiction, Pseudo-addiction, Physical Dependence, and Tolerance
An Aide for the Disabled, a Companion, and Nice and Furry
By Walecia Konrad, The New York Times
No longer just guides to the blind, service dogs are now helping people with many disabilities, but a well-trained dog can be a heavy cost.
Take Care Recovery Plan
Wound Care Resources
From How To Cope With Pain
Finding a CRPS Specialist
By Alfie C. Burns, President,
Finding a CRPS Specialist: Helpful Websites
Searching for a pain specialist or pain clinic in your area?
The Dannemiller Foundation has compiled for your use a list of hundreds of pain specialists and pain clinics from all over the globe.
Sacral neuromodulation for chronic
Source: Anesthesiol Clin N Am. 2003;21:785-795.
Talking with Subhash Jain, MD, about Pelvic Pain: Pain Medicine with Compassion
From the Summer 2006 Issue of The Pain Practitioner
CRPS Diagnosis: A review of diagnostic tools
as a Useful Test in
BY Robert L. Knobler, MD, PHD
Social Security, Workers Compensation, and Insurance
One strategy while applying for Social Security Disability benefits might be to request an evaluation by your state’s Department of Vocational Rehabilitation which might provide written documentation that you are unable to work outside the home and no home-based employment is available in your locale. If your case is closed, a letter (like the one here) can be included with an appeal.
Model Strategies for Recruitment and Hiring of People with Disabilities
In further support of the President’s Executive Order, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has developed recruitment and hiring models for agencies to use in increasing their employment of persons with disabilities. The strategies, which focus on the use of Schedule A hiring authorities for persons with disabilities as well as reasonable accommodation practices and procedures, are to be used by Federal agencies in building agency-specific recruitment and hiring plans. The hiring plans are a part of the Executive Order and are due to be submitted to OPM and to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) no later than 120 days from the date of the OPM memo, November 8, 2010.
The National Association of Injured and Disabled Workers (NAIDW) is a nonprofit charitable foundation where injured and disabled workers and their families find the resources, support, and guidance they need to reclaim their lives. NAIDW’s purpose is to provide short-term financial assistance to injured & disabled workers and their families as a result of injury, disability or illness.
RSD In DE: "Yes Sir, That's My Baby"—70 Year Old Specialist Is Touted And Ketamine Treatment Upheld
Related: Mailbag—Devin's Story (PDF)
The National Underinsured Resource Directory (from The Patient Advocate Foundation) is intended to help underinsured individuals and families locate valuable resources and seek alternative coverage options or methods for better reimbursement.
The Artists' Health Insurance Resource Center
Our mission is to make quality, affordable health insurance and health care available to every artist in the United States. AHIRC.org is an up-to-date, comprehensive and unbiased database of health care resources for artists, performers, freelancers and the self-employed.
The Comorbidity of Pain and
Disability, and Tips for Pain
By Jeanne Lazo
The Pain Practitioner, Spring 2009
Disability Resource Exchange is a place to discuss disability issues
Dear Jeanne: Social Security Medical Examination
New Ticket to Work Regulations Create Exciting New Opportunities
How Jersey Fails Injured Workers
Basics of Health Insurance and Appeals
Coverage for all
Book Review: Persistence
From RSDSA Review. Winter 2007.
Life Care Plans
By Steve Goren, Esq.
Social Security Ruling on CRPS and what
it means for you
How to Lose Your Case in 12
By R. Steven Shisler, Esq.
Tactics for SS Disability
By Debra Sjolseth
What do do When You Lose
Your Benefits Based on an "Independent Medical Examination"
Workers' Compensation 101: An Overview
of WC for Employees With Work-related CRPS
By R. Steven Shisler, Esq.
Work After Disability
By Jeffrey A. Rabin, Esq.
For more on Advocacy, click here.
Your Pain, Your Rights: Dealing with Your Physician and Your
The Pain Care Bill of Rights
Support for People With CRPS
For more Awareness ideas, click here.
Our awareness poster can be downloaded
and printed from your computer in two sizes: 8 1/2" x
11" or 11" x 17". For your convenience we have
formatted it in black and white and color, for those of you
who have color printers. The posters are in a pdf format.
April 25, 2011