CRPS and the Snowball Effect

With CRPS there are so many systems that can be effected and so many ways it can manifest uniquely for each patient. Making identification and treatment plans to be difficult to identify.

According to Wikipedia the snowball effect is:

a process that starts from an initial state of small significance and builds upon itself, becoming larger (graver, more serious), and also perhaps potentially dangerous or disastrous (a vicious circle, a “spiral of decline”), though it might be beneficial instead (a virtuous circle). This is a very common cliché in cartoons and modern theatrics and it is also used in psychology.

One system that can be affected that has been asked about recently is the optical. The eyes can be affected in varied ways. Everything from just blurry vision, to reports of early onset of cataracts, right down to needing 20% or less full wrap sun glasses to address severe light sensitivity.

The reason I mention the snowball effect is that while we might not want to accept or acknowledge our decreased vision. We are putting ourselves at risk and not even realizing it. If we have decreased vision, we might purchase or prepare food that is moldy. We might wash dishes and not see the food remains that have not come off the dishes.

Life is full of different challenges and we must find ways to overcome. Even if we don’t know we are dealing with them yet. So consider this a little reminder

  1. Make sure you have REALLY good lighting when washing and inspecting dishes both. Suds (invisible to us but other family can see) can hide debris when rinsing is completed as far as we can see.
  2. Soak your dishes before washing to help get off anything that might be dried on, off easier.
  3. Consider keeping a magnifying glass by the kitchen sink.
  4. If you have glass dishes, consider switching to plastic.
    1. Many get shaky hands and makes easier to drop.
    2. Many have difficulties identifying where their hands are and might grip too tightly.

And lastly you might want to consider doing this for yourself, because if we eat bad food, on dirty dishes, we increase our risk of getting sick.

And for those who have heard rumors, soon we’ll be launching our recipe site. Things you submit to us that you have found making is easier for you, or that can be bulk prepared and made for those REALLY bad days where even microwaving is the bare minimum you can do.

4 Replies to “CRPS and the Snowball Effect”

    1. The information I have is all from patients I have met who have had their doctors tell them it’s related, one of them being my own mother. But sadly while there’s a handful of them their symptoms vary drastically. But based on my core support team who have RSD, I’d say 25% if not more have problems with it.

      I can look for medical journals tonight though. See if I see any for you on that.

        1. On Dr Hashmood’s (retired) website RSDrx.com they have a puzzle he had documented on specifically about issues with the eyes under #130: http://www.rsdrx.com/RSD_Puzzles_-126-146.pdf
          He also has another document he created about the issues, specifically what you might be looking for is found on page 14: http://www.rsdinfo.com/Various_Complications_of_Complex_Regional_Pain_Syndrome.pdf

          Here’s a forum board with posts about other issues some have dealt with: http://www.mdjunction.com/forums/reflex-sympathetic-dystrophy-discussions/medicine-treatments/10053286-rsd-in-eyes-now-suggestions

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