Pain syndromes

Pain syndromes include conditions such as Fibromyalgia syndrome and Complex regional pain syndrome.


Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes widespread pain and is associated with fatigue, sleep disturbance, headaches, irritability, forgetfulness, increased sensitivity (to cold, sound, knocks and bumps) and tender (overly sensitive) joints and muscles and can be associated with depression and irritable bowel syndrome.

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a condition that can cause pain, swelling and discolouration in one of your limbs.  The affected limb is often extremely sensitive to touch and even light stroking or the weight of clothing can cause severe pain.

The exact cause is unknown, but a fracture or injury sometimes seems to act as a trigger.  Symptoms of CRPS usually start within a month of the injury.

The condition is managed with a combination of treatments and support of a team of specialists including physiotherapists, occupational therapists and psychologists.