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Dr. Hooshmands RSD Book Cover

This section of our website we will post some very helpful and informative information regarding RSD/CRPS text books and manuals written by doctors and patients.

If you have written a book regarding RSD-CRPS and would like us to post information about your book on this website please contact Eric at:


H. Hooshmand, M.D.

Neurological Associates Pain Management Center

Dr. Hooshmands RSD Book Cover

Chronic Pain: Reflex sympathetic Dystrophy Prevention and Management is the first book devoted to the subject of Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD). The book presents a new classification for the different stages of RSD and features the most comprehensive coverage of the literature on RSD and its related aspects. Qualitative and quantitative differences between natural endorphins and synthetic narcotics are described for the first time, as are long-term follow-ups on sympathectomy patients. Other topics considered include thermographic methods for the diagnosis of RSD, the role of ACTH in the management of chronic pain, and comparisons between the effects of ACTH and those of corticosteroids. The mechanism of development of RSD is clarified through an extensive collection of drawings and anatomical pictures.

This book also explains why sympathectomy fails, but nerve block and physiotherapy are successful in the treatment of RSD.

Chronic Pain: Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Prevention and Management is an important reference for neurologists, neurosurgeons, physiatrists, thermographers, anesthesiologists, orthopedic surgeons, interns, and students interested in the topic.

For more information regarding Dr. Hooshmand’s book, please click on the following link to view this information in PDF-format.

Dr. Hooshmand's RSD Text Book





Dr. Al's CRPS Book Cover

I decided to edit this book to guide chronic pain patients and their family members to the available options for treating pain. I was inspired by my patients and their loved ones who show up to my clinic telling me their story and journey living with pain and the impact of their pain. Some patients spend years searching for answers for their pain with no success; when they show up for their first visit with me and I start educating them on their options.

I hope that this book will be helpful to you.


Dr. Al

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NEW BOOK (as of July 6, 2019)

IF THE SAVIOR IS NOT SAFE HOW CAN HE SAVE?: The challenges facing physicians today


Dr. Al's New Book Cover

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Dr. Ellen Wattay Book Cover

As a physical therapist, I feel I speak for many of my profession when I say, we do not only treat the physical and rehabilitation problems of our patients. We are frequently the ONLY contact a patient has that lends a shoulder or an ear. We MUST listen and respond. Many times, a day I hear problems of stress and anxiety, and problems of pain…intense pain. We must address all of the patient’s symptoms, but when pain becomes the priority, we must be especially receptive. Too many physicians and health care specialists tell patients, “Your pain is in your head.” “You couldn’t be in that much pain.”

In dealing with intractable pain a team approach is the ideal. The most ideal is a setting, which offers a neurologist, physical therapist, psychiatrist, an occupational therapist, a sociologist and associated staff. In dealing with RSD, a competent anesthesiologist is a very important team member.

Since the best outcome of RSD relies on early diagnosis, I feel that the physical therapist will frequently be the first person to “pick-up” on the patient’s complaints and symptoms.   I feel this is particularly true in a practice setting where a patient is referred immediately after a cast is removed, after a surgical procedure, or initial injury has occurred.

Many situations do not offer this ideal team set up. Physicians may be practicing in small towns or outlying area, therapist are not always associated with large rehabilitation centers, clinics or hospitals. Ortho specialists may be available but not necessarily associated directly with physicians or therapists. No matter what the circumstances, communication between those specialists dealing with a pain patient should be established and maintained.

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Sharing the Pain... The RSD Interviews

By: Mary Jane Gonzales 


In Sharing the Pain...The RSD Interviews, an informative book that is sure to enlighten the public, Gonzales conducts fifty interviews of RSDS/CRPS patients, giving readers a glimpse into the struggles of both the patients and their families. Their struggles will astonish you and their strength will astound you.


Author, Mary Jane Gonzales, is an RSD advocate, having been an RSD sufferer for 28 years. Her latest book, entitled Sharing the Pain” The RSD Interviews, is a great compilation of stories and poems written by RSD patients. This book will give the reader a great insight into how patients have developed their RSD, and how they have coped and have lived their lives with this very unrelenting disease we call Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD). Some patients in this book have developed RSD from the following type of injuries or surgeries: venipuncture (i.v. needle injury), broken bones, infections, crush injuries, falls, back/foot/hand surgeries, car accidents, and work -related accidents.

Patients who are newly diagnosed with RSD, along with their families, will benefit a great deal from reading this book. The book will also give patients and their families the feeling that they are not alone in dealing with this awful disease.

By reading these remarkable stories it will give the reader a sense that this disease is not “in the patient’s head” and that RSD is a very real disease. The readers will feel a great sense of support in each and every story in this book.

As an RSD sufferer for over 27 years, I have seen a lot in my many years of helping other RSD patients and dealing with RSD myself. The main thing I have learned over the years is that we all have one thing in common, the chronic pain of RSD. I have seen how this disease can change a person’s life in the blink of an eye as it did to me after a car accident on December 7, 1985.

Another thing that I have learned from my mentor and best friend, H. Hooshmand, M.D., is that “Truth is the only survivor” when it comes to RSD. This book shows the truth from the patient’s view of dealing with this unrelenting disease. As Dr. Hooshmand would say, most patients know more about their disease than most doctors do. That is why every RSD patient should take the time to read this very informative book.

Reading these stories will make you feel sad or make you want to cry, but they will also make you feel that you are not alone in this very small world that we live in.

RSD is a very difficult disease to deal with in life. People cope with RSD in many different ways. Some people deal with it through faith, music, support from another RSD patient, or family and friends. Having a book like this is a great tool to help patients and their families cope with the problems that arise from living with the monster we call RSD.

In conclusion, the purpose of this book is to help patients tell their stories, inform the readers that we all share a common bond through this awful disease and raise public awareness, as well. The readers of this book will learn that RSD can happen to anyone and lives can literally be changed in the blink of an eye.

Eric M. Phillips, President and Founder of The International RSD Foundation, Lakeville, MA

April 24, 2013

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In the Blink of an Eye

By: Mary Jane Gonzales


In the Blink of an Eye, gives the reader a great insight into how RSD changes a person’s life.

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Medifocus Guide to Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy


This guide is a HIGHLY RECOMMENDED resource for the person with RSD. Each guide has current and relevant RSD research organized into categories for easy reading.

Free updates are provided for 1 year.

The Medifocus Guide also provides an international RSD physician finder.

A must have!