Thursday, February 28, 2013

Rare Illness Day: Have You Ever Heard of CPS?

Here's the description courtesy of WebMD. CPS or Central pain syndrome is a neurological condition caused by dysfunction that specifically affects the central nervous system (CNS), which includes the brain, brainstem, and spinal cord. The disorder occurs in people who have -- or who have experienced -- strokes, multiple sclerosis, limb amputations, brain injuries, or spinal cord injuries and may develop months or years after injury or damage to the CNS.

I watched the live segment and commented in the HuffPostLive community with other chronic pain sufferers, some who are suffering from CPS, during the segment. Many are currently taking opioid medications to lessen their constant pain, are no longer working and dealing with the stigma of having an invisible illness.

Dr. Forest Tennant, CPS and Pain Management Specialist, acknowledged that many doctors aren't aware of CPS and are mis-diagnosing it. (ex: Fibromyalgia) He also stated that it's important to discover the right "cocktail" that lessen your pain to where you can get out of bed and get moving! I'm all for that!

Thanks to HuffPostLive for bringing this rare chronic pain condition to the forefront!

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