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Raising awareness and offering support to all those affected by CRPS and other Chronic Pain conditions.
Presenting in numerous forms, Chronic, or Persistent Pain is typically considered to be pain that lasts for more than three months and simply means, on-going. Chronic pain occurs because of changes to the nerves or nervous system, often caused by a trauma of some description, which causes the nerves firing and signalling pain. However, there are likely to be other precipitating factors with Chronic Pain including genetics, gender and previous episodes of acute pain. If not managed well Chronic Pain can lead to various degrees of disability.
Apart from the well-documented cost Chronic Pain has on the economy and workforce, Chronic Pain can also create an enormous expense for the patient, their family, carers and loved ones; it is rarely only a financial one. The range of pain experiences is wide and varied. An individual’s response to chronic pain reflects characteristics of the pain and the person’s thoughts and behaviour developed during the course of the illness, which are subject to positive and negative reinforcement. The daily challenges of Chronic Pain that are commonly described include decreased enjoyment of normal activities, loss of function, role change and relationship difficulties. Uncertainty about ever being pain-free or the possibility of worsening pain is accompanied by feelings of anxiety, sadness, grief and anger. For some people, the burden of pain is difficult to manage and may lead to the emergence of a mental disorder.
Major depression is the most common mental illness associated with Chronic Pain. High rates of generalised anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and substance misuse have also been described. The lifetime prevalence of major depression in Australia is 11.6%, but it is 1.6 times higher in those reporting arthritis. In Canada, the prevalence of depression is three times greater in those with chronic back pain. In patients with Chronic Pain presenting for treatment, the prevalence of major depression is 30%–40%. (https://www.mja.com.au/journal/2013/199/6/depression-and-chronic-pain)
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CRPS Awareness & Support
The Purple Bucket Foundation Inc. proudly support the ongoing research of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) with donations to CRPS research at UniSA / Body in Mind.