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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: utopia33@prodigy.net

CHRONIC PAIN:REFLEX SYMPATHETIC DYSTROPHY PREVENTION and MANAGEMENT

H. Hooshmand, M.D.

Neurological Associates Pain Management Center

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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

 

New Book (as of  3-6-2021)

COMPLEX REGIONAL PAIN SYNDROME (CRPS) AND           

AMPUTATION: A DIFFICULLT DECISION TO MAKE-VOLUME IV                                                        

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

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Buy new: $15.99

In Stock. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.

https://www.amazon.com/COMPLEX-REGIONAL-PAIN-SYNDROME-AMPUTATION/dp/B08Y4HBCJ7/ref=sr_1_1?crid=D700SPNT9ZQS&dchild=1&keywords=alaa+abd-elsayed&qid=1615326618&s=books&sprefix=alaa%2Cstripbooks%2C149&sr=1-1

ISBN-13: 979-8717555821

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 IV of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) and Amputation: A Difficult Decision to Make, continues with patients sharing stories of their daily struggles with CRPS and being an amputee CRPS affects millions of people worldwide. The disease causes patients to suffer from constant chronic painafter minor trauma or surgery. The purpose of this book is to share the stories of how CRPS and amputation impacts the lives of patients. We hope that these stories will enlighten how CRPS and amputation 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 educate the public, the medical community, and promote more awareness about CRPS.

 

New Picture eBook (as of  3-11-2021)

COMPLEX REGIONAL PAIN SYNDROME (CRPS) and AMPUTATION: A  PATIENT’S PICTURE eBOOK GUIDE-VOLUME III

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

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CRPS is a painful disease that affects the patient physically, mentally, and emotionally.  To get 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 III is to supplement our fourth textbook: Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) and Amputation: A Difficult Decsion to Make-Volume IV.

Since we did not include pictures in the first, second,or fourth textbooks, 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 an 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: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08YN7Y445

 

New Book (as of 12-24-2020)

WHAT IS CRPS? A HELPFUL GUIDE TO TEACH CHILDREN ABOUT COMPLEX REGIONAL PAIN                                                                                                           SYNDROME (CRPS): VOLUME III

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

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Buy new: $9.99

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https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08R7VM43K

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 Picture eBook (as of 7-20-2020)

COMPLEX REGIONAL PAIN SYNDROME (CRPS): A  PATIENT’S PICTURE eBOOK GUIDE-VOLUME II

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

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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: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08D85C2SM

 

New Book (as of 7-11-2020)

COMPLEX REGIONAL PAIN SYNDROME (CRPS):                                                                                                                                                                                                             PATIENTS’ PERSPECTIVE OF LIVING IN CHRONIC PAIN-VOLUME II

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

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Buy new: $19.99

In Stock. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08CPBHZP5

ISBN-13: 979-8665360508

ASIN: B08CPBHZP5

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)

DON’T DIET: CHANGE YOUR HABITS-PROPER EATING FOR GOOD HEALTH 

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

 

 

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On February 26, 2000, Doctor Hooshmand and I started a book project about diet, hoping it would assist his patients suffering from RSD-CRPS.

He wanted to help inform his patients, so they could experience a healthier lifestyle while they were coping with their chronic pain.

Doctor Hooshmand always emphasized that changing you’re eating habits remains a healthier and more sensible choice; instead of relying on the latest fad diets. He believed that following a healthy diet along with exercise (if you can exercise) can help promote a healthier lifestyle.

This book is not solely for people living in chronic pain; it is for anyone who wants to change their eating habits and maintain a more exceptional quality of life.

I am appreciative to have worked on this significant project with Doctor Hooshmand over the years. I am pleased that I have ultimately completed this book to share his work and passion.

I hope this book will give some beneficial information to you. Happy reading!

Enjoy!

Eric

 

New Picture eBook (as of 3-21-2020)

COMPLEX REGIONAL PAIN SYNDROME (CRPS):                                                                                                                                                                                                             PATIENTS’ PERSPECTIVE OF LIVING IN CHRONIC PAIN-VOLUME 1 Picture eBook

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

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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 e-book 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 e-book is to supplement the first book: Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS): Patients’ Perspective of Living in Chronic Pain- Volume 1.

Since we did not include pictures in the first 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 picture e-book you can associate these pictures with each story from the first book.

Each chapter in this e-book 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 e-book can be of a disturbing nature to some people.

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

 https://www.amazon.com/COMPLEX-REGIONAL-PAIN-SYNDROME-CRPS-ebook/dp/B08655F5V5/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

 

New Book(as of 1-19-2020)

COMPLEX REGIONAL PAIN SYNDROME (CRPS):                                                                                                                                                                                                             PATIENTS’ PERSPECTIVE OF LIVING IN CHRONIC PAIN-VOLUME 1

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

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Buy new

 $19.99

In Stock. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/165737114X/ref=mp_s_a_1_4?keywords=abd-elsayed&qid=1579363795&sr=8-4

ISBN-13: 978-1657371149

ISBN-10: 165737114X

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 this book is 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 educate the public, the medical community, and promote more awareness about CRPS.

 

CHRONIC PAIN: THE PATIENT AND FAMILY JOURNEY

ALAA ABD-ELSAYED MD, MPH

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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.

Regards,

Dr. Al

For more information this book please click on the following link:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1791772714/ref=sr_1_27?ie=UTF8&qid=1545199117&sr=8-27&keywords=Abd-Elsayed

 

New Book (as of July 6, 2019)

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

ALAA ABD-ELSAYED MD, MPH

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For more information this book please click on the following link:

https://www.amazon.com/SAVIOR-NOT-SAFE-HOW-SAVE/dp/1078379939/ref=sr_1_4?qid=1562853531&refinements=p_27%3AAlaa+Abd-Elsayed&s=books&sr=1-4&text=Alaa+Abd-Elsayed

 

A MANUAL FOR THE DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF REFLEX SYMPATHETIC DYSTROPHY COMPLEX REGIONAL PAIN SYNDROME I

ELLEN G. WATTAY, P.T. PhD

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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.

For more information regarding Dr. Wattay’s book please contact Eric Phillips at: utopia33@prodigy.net

 

Sharing the Pain... The RSD Interviews

By: Mary Jane Gonzales 

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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.

Foreword

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

www.rsdinfo.com

April 24, 2013

For more information regarding Mary Jane’s book please click on the following link:

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/sharing-the-pain-the-rsd-interviews

 

In the Blink of an Eye

By: Mary Jane Gonzales

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

For more information regarding Mary Jane’s book please click on the following link:

https://www.amazon.com/Blink-Eye-Mary-Jane-Gonzales/dp/1616636815/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1547828975&sr=1-1&keywords=mary+jane+gonzales

 

Medifocus Guide to Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy

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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!