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RSD/CRPS and yoga

Anna322010-07-04 14:05:27 +0000 #1

I'm new on the forum as well as in yoga practice. I'm suffering from RSD/CRPS in my whole body and I'm very enthusiastic about yoga (it makes me feel much better than medications!). But I keep wondering if, when you're that bad, you have to "push" yourself a little or... not at all, especially when you're stretching your body.
Pandara2010-07-04 14:18:11 +0000 #2

Originally Posted by Anna32

I'm suffering from RSD/CRPS in my whole body.

Apologies, but perhaps if we know what those abreviations stand for some of us might be able to help. In my books and in my country (yes some of us are outside the US and are not familiar with the American way) RSD can stand for Rare Stress Disorder?

Then you give us too little about yourself, your diet, health, exercise programme, medications, treatments tried etc. Some members will point out that they cannot make a fair assessment based on the little info you provide.
Anna322010-07-04 14:20:33 +0000 #3
I'm sorry and I apologize for not giving you the basic infos. I was in a bad "flare-up", the weather in San Francisco being very damp, it 's not good for me, and I wrote too fast.

CRPS stands for "Central Regional Pain Syndrome" (and RSD is the old name of the disease, "Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy").

It's a neurological disease which generates terrible pain (in my cas it spread to my whole body); the brain receives false pain signals and even small stimuli can cause unbearable suffering (allodynia); I have the disease since 2003; it all started after a surgery, an arthroscopic knee surgery...

I'm followed by a "pain doctor" and doing better and better.

A few months ago I decided to try yoga (my doctor agreed) and the result is very interesting for me: I feel more peaceful and better on a strict physical point of view. I'm fit (though sick), 108 lbs and 5 feet 5, eat a balanced diet and walk as much as possible. But some days the pain is just terrible and I can't do anything.

So my question was about the pain: when I do some postures with a lot of stretching, do I have to "push myself a little" or do I have to feel no pain at all.

I have to add that when I have "flare-ups" I don't go the the class. I go to my yoga course when I'm able to do so.

Thank you for your answer



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