International RSD Foundation

"Dedicated To Helping RSD/CRPS Patients Worldwide"

Celebrating our 25th Year of Helping RSD/CRPS Patients (1996-2021)


Welcome to the International RSD Foundation’s Website

“Remember RSD is not all in your head.” It is all over your body. It starts from one extremity or one part of the body and if not properly treated, it spreads to the other parts of the body. Don't let anybody convince you to be treated exclusively by a psychiatrist or to learn to live with your pain. Just remember you are not crazy. The pain of RSD is enough to drive anybody out of their mind but what I admire is the fact that RSD patients still keep their sanity.

Quote by: Hooshang Hooshmand, M. D.

 Doctor Hooshang Hooshmand (1934-2019) 

 Dr. Hooshang Hooshmand

With a heavy heart, I would like to tell everyone in the RSD-CRPS community that Doctor Hooshang Hooshmand passed away on August 9, 2019. Doctor Hooshmand practiced Neurology for over 40-years with a special interest in the management of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). He helped thousands of RSD-CRPS patients from around the world. He also treated other neurological conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Epilepsy, and Electrical Injuries. Doctor Hooshmand leaves his wife, Clara, three daughters, and five grandchildren. He will be truly missed by his family, friends, and patients. I will personally miss my mentor and best friend.  Thank you Doctor Hooshmand for your inspiration!  Sincerely your friend, Eric M. Phillips

New CRPS Book Project

Dr. Alaa Abd-Elsayed and I are working on our forth CRPS Book Project. This new book volume will be on CRPS and Amputation. We would like to hear from patients who have had an Amputation due to their RSD/CRPS. If you would like to share your story for this new book, we would like to hear from you. Please click on this link for more details about the book. New RSD Projects 


I would like to share with everyone a wonderful song about CRPS written and performed by a very talented fellow CRPS patient Jenny Casey. To hear Jenny’s song and get more information about her CD, please click on the following links:

I hope you will enjoy listening to Jenny’s song as much as I do. Thank you Jenny for writing such a wonderful song! Eric

New Book (as of 12-24-2020)


By: Dr. Alaa Abd-Elsayed (Author) and Eric Phillips (Author)

CRPS Book For Children Book Cover Image

Buy new: $9.99

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ISBN-13 : 979-8585980954

Doctor Alaa Abd Elsayed and Eric M. Phillips, have recognized the importance of promoting awareness and education on the topic of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) in volume of this book. Volume of What is CRPS? A Helpful Guide to Teach Children about CRPS is a helpful guide to help children understand what their parent , relative, or friend deal with when living with CRPS. CRPS affects millions of people worldwide. The disease causes patients to suffer from constant chronic pain after minor trauma or surgery. We hope that this book will help educate children on how CRPS disrupts , not just the patient’s life, but the life of the whole family. It is our hope this book will help educate and promote more awareness about CRPS.

New eBook (as of 7-20-2020)


By: Dr. Alaa Abd-Elsayed (Author) and Eric Phillips (Author)

Blue CRPS Picture eBook Cover 7-20-20

CRPS is a painful disease that affects the patient physically, mentally, and emotionally. To obtain a complete understanding of this disease, one must view the pictures of what can potentially happen to some patients.

This eBook helps illustrate how patients suffer from the pain of CRPS. Until a doctor, relative, or friend sees the damage that CRPS causes, one cannot comprehend the pain patients deal with daily. These pictures you will view ranging from the early stages of the disease to the end-stage of the disease.

The purpose of this CRPS Picture eBook Guide-Volume II is to supplement the second book: Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS): Patients’ Perspective of Living in Chronic Pain- Volume II.

Since we did not include pictures in the first or second book, we thought this idea was the best solution to share all the pictures from each story of the book.

We feel that showing these pictures will help complete the patient’s story and it gives a clear picture of what damage CRPS can cause. With the use of this CRPS Picture eBook Guide you can associate these pictures with each story from the first book.

Each chapter in this eBook will have a short abstract of what happened to the patient, along with their pictures.

Remember, "A picture is worth a thousand words."

*Please note: Some of these pictures published in this eBook can be of a disturbing nature to some people.

This eBook is free if you have Kindle Unlimited.                                                                                                                                                     Please click on the following link to view information about this eBook:

New Book (as of 7-11-2020):

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS): Patients’ Perspective of Living in Chronic Pain Vol. II                                      By: Dr. Alaa Abd-Elsayed and Eric Phillips 

CRPS Picture eBook Orange Cover-7-13-2020

Buy new: $19.99

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ISBN-13: 979-8665360508


Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) affects millions of people worldwide. The disease causes patients to suffer from constant chronic pain after minor trauma or surgery. The purpose of volume II of this book is to continue to share the stories of how CRPS impacts the lives of patients. We hope that these stories will enlighten how CRPS disrupts the patient's life on many levels, from having family issues, social issues, financial distress, and how the medical community treats these patients. It is our hope this book will help continue to educate the public, the medical community, and promote more awareness about CRPS.

New Book (as of 4-30-2020):


H. Hooshmand, M.D., and Eric M. Phillips

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New Book (as of 1-19-2020):

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS): Patients’ Perspective of Living in Chronic Pain Vol. 1                                        By: Dr. Alaa Abd-Elsayed and Eric Phillips         

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New Picture e-Book (as of 3-21-2020):

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS): Patients’ Perspective of Living in Chronic Pain Vol. 1 Picture e-Book         By: Dr. Alaa Abd-Elsayed and Eric Phillips   This e-book is free if you have Kindle Unlimited.                                                                                             

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Our Mission

We hope to assist patients, as well as family, and friends of those who suffer from Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) or more recently known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). This organization was formed in July 1990; and since then, has sent information regarding RSD/CRPS to hundreds of thousands of patients and professionals worldwide.  The free information we offer will help educate and inform you, your family, friends as well as your physician regarding the signs, symptoms, diagnosis and the latest methods of treatment for RSD/CRPS.

The International RSD Foundation has been helping the RSD/CRPS community since 1990. We provide free medical information regarding RSD/CRPS, referrals to doctors, physical therapists, lawyers and other medical professionals. We also offer support to patients and their families by phone or e-mail. This organization is privately funded and we are not able to receive donations. I would like to recommend that you send your kind donation to the following organizations: National Institutes of Health (NIH) 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, Maryland 20892

The National Institutes of Health (N I H) does a tremendous amount of research regarding RSD/CRPS. I feel that your donation to this organization will be most helpful to the many people who suffer from RSD/CRPS. Maybe someday they can find a cure for RSD/CRPS with your help? For more information please visit:

The National Disease Research Interchange (NDRI) 8 Penn Center, Suite 800, 1628 JFK Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19103. For more information please visit:

If you have any questions regarding RSD/CRPS, or about any information posted on this website, or you just need to talk, please feel free to contact me during the following office hours: Monday through Friday 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. EST at: 774-501-2808.

I would like to thank you for visiting our website, and I hope that your visit to this site will be helpful to you.

Best Regards,

Eric M. Phillips