The Most Painful Disorder Known to Humans

A rare neurological disorder, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is ranked among the most painful diseases and medical problems and is often referred to as “the suicide disease” because there is technically no “cure” and limited effective treatments.

Is CRPS the Most Painful Disease?

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome was also ranked in the Top 10 Most Painful Medical Conditions by The U.S. News Health team.

It is a chronic disease that often worsens over time. Alarmingly, 35 percent of sufferers eventually report symptoms throughout the body. The disease may remain localized, spread slowly over years, or progress rapidly like a wildfire out of control.

How Patients Describe The Suicide Disease

“You feel like you are on fire. My veins felt like they had been filled with fuel that had been ignited.”

“I felt like someone is crushing all of the bones in my legs and my entire body is just on fire.”


What Does CRPS Feel Like?

The debilitating pain caused by CRPS is generally described by patients as aching, burning, bone-crushing pain in the affected areas of the body. The pain is all-consuming, not merely nagging. Things that should not cause pain under normal circumstances (for example, the light brush of fabric or wind) may cause a person who suffers from CRPS intense pain.
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What Are Symptoms Related to CRPS “the suicide disease”?

  • Childhood Asthma
  • Brain fog and memory loss
  • chronic bladder infections
  • Decreased immune function
  • GI dysfunction
  • Pas viral and/or bacterial infections
  • Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS)
  • PTSD
  • Insomnia
  • CRPS spreading to other areas


Can CRPS be Cured?

This is an extremely subjective and sensitive topic. When the word “cure” is used, that brings to mind visions of a miracle pill, injection, surgery, or perhaps a promising double-blind study excitedly announced by the media. Please believe me when I tell you that it probably won’t happen that way. The failure in finding such a “cure” lies in the theory of what CRPS is or what it is caused by. It is a complex problem, not a puzzle with a single solution. It is not a condition that can be healed by a miracle chemical; it is a body where a whole bunch of things went wrong. CRPS must be approached by a method where every system involved is checked and rebuilt, if necessary, in a systematic way.


CRPS Suicide Disease FAQs

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) was ranked in the top most painful medical conditions known to mankind by U.S. News Health.
Many patients with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) have been known to be at risk of suicide, due to severe pain and its comorbid conditions, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Library of Medicine. In a study titled "Role of affective instability on suicidal risk in complex regional pain syndrome," the NIH states, "if left untreated, this downward spiral of pain sensations, catastrophic thoughts, and dysregulated negative emotions are more likely to increase risk for suicidal ideations and behaviors. In this study, the role of negative affect instability implies that the impact of emotional experience on patients with CRPS may be more extensive." !!IMPORTANT!! - If you're thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, call the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline network... Help is available 24/7!
There are several reasons that chronic pain sufferers, including those with debilitating CRPS, hurt more at night. One reason is that lying in one place causes the body's joints to stiffen, increasing joint and muscle pain. The weight of your body may put pressure on your nerves in ways that it doesn’t when you are upright. Additionally, as your body prepares itself for sleep, your hormone levels, metabolism, and many other biochemical processes adjust. Sometimes, this may result in an increase in your pain. Cortisol, which has anti-inflammatory effects, drops through the first half of your sleep cycle to assist you in sleeping, potentially increasing pain. Another reason is that our body temperature fluctuates throughout the day and night. Typically, it goes down when we are sleeping. The hypothesis is that damaged nerves might interpret the temperature change as stress, resulting in pain. Patients may find themselves more focused on the pain at night, as there are fewer natural distractions at night than there are during the day. You may even find your bedsheets to be contributing to your pain. Almost as if the bed sheets themselves are causing you intense pain.
Overall, it has been shown that chronic pain leads to an average decrease of life expectancy of ten years. Although no formal statistics exist tracking the life expectancy of those suffering from chronic pain, there are three main arguments that have been used in litigation involving CRPS. CRPS may lead to a sedentary lifestyle, resulting in an increased Body Mass Index. Obesity is well known to lead to a shortened lifespan. There is no statistic associated with suicide rates in the CRPS patient population, but it is well known for being one of the "suicide diseases." This affects the overall life expectancy for this patient population. In a few severe cases, the systemic systems associated with it may lead to death. For example, CRPS may cause cardiac dysfunction, autoimmune conditions, and GI dysfunction, ultimately incompatible with life.


What Does the Typical CRPS patient go through?

The typical CRPS patient has been to many, many different doctors. They have navigated a maze of hospitals, clinics, and specialists that most people cannot even begin to imagine the sheer volume of. They have been prodded, poked, stabbed (ill-advised for CRPS patients), and misdiagnosed many times. Chances are, they have been at least suspected (if not outright accused) of being pill-seeking junkies or malingering (a fancy medical word that basically means you are lying about your pain and symptoms.)

The average CRPS patient will go misdiagnosed or undiagnosed for years before they are lucky enough to find out what is wrong with them. Many figure it out on their own with the help of the Internet and have to then set out to prove it to their doctors.


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There is Hope For CRPS “The Most Painful Disease/Suicide Disease”

The majority of our patients report major pain relief. If you are experiencing chronic nerve pain and are at the point of giving up please believe us when we say there is hope. At The Spero Clinic you will find a community of people going through the same pain. We’re here to support you and encourage healing. When a patient completes their treatment they ring the bell to let the world know they’ve met their goal. Your life is still worth living. 

To learn more about The Spero Clinic’s CRPS neurologic rehabilitation program, give us a call at 479-304-8202 or click here to book your free consultation with a CRPS specialist today.

We have known hundreds of patients and acquaintances who consider themselves healed from the neurologic symptoms of CRPS. If even one patient can do it, why can’t you?

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View our page Does Remission Last? After surviving chronic pain, many of our patients find that they have a new sense of gratitude and desire to live their lives to the absolute fullest.

Dr. Katinka van der Merwe

Creator of the World’s Leading Neurologic Rehabilitation Program

Dr. Katinka van der Merwe, DC Dr. Katinka: practices in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She has gained a worldwide reputation for her holistic and innovative approach to treating chronic pain by applying groundbreaking technology and techniques. Her program has generated an unprecedented success rate helping patients where all other treatments have failed.
“I’ve created the clinic that I’ve always dreamt about and we have been changing lives, one at a time. To us, every patient counts, every person matters.”

Dr. Katinka: “I remember when I met my first ever patient with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) – his name was Carlos – and I knew that in that moment my life was forever changed. It was the first time I had heard of this condition, and I had no idea that this chance meeting would spark something in me – an endless drive to help people suffering from CRPS. I’ve worked with hundreds of people, with many different conditions, but I’ve never seen the amount of pain and suffering CRPS Warriors endure on a daily basis.”

“I’m passionate about what we do – and I’ve seen our treatments cause miracles over and over and over again. And now, we want to reach more people. There are too many people out there living without hope, without a future – and I know that we can help them. This condition CAN be beaten. There is a new hope for CRPS. And it can be found at The Spero Clinic.”

Experience nerve pain relief with the latest science at The Spero Clinic. Watch the Finding Hope Documentary to learn more about how patients with CRPS and other types of nerve pain find relief.

CRPS Treatment at The Spero Clinic

The Spero Clinic offers various types of treatments and designs each program specifically for each patient. The treatments available at our clinic include:

  • Vagus Nerve Stimulation
  • Bloodwork Analysis And Supplementation
  • Brain Balancing
  • Customized Dietary changes
  • Ionic therapy
  • Lymphatic Therapy
  • Magnetic Resonance Therapy
  • Microcurrent
  • Neuromodulation
  • Neuromuscular Re-Education
  • Neurosage
  • Oxygen therapy
  • Scar Tissue Reduction
  • Electric Stimulation
  • Brain Based Cold Laser Rehabilitation

Start Your Journey to Pain Relief with Spero Clinic Today

If you or a loved one is suffering from Neurological Dysfunction, nerve pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), postural orthostatic tachycardia (POTS), ehlers danlos syndrome (EDS), fibromyalgia, long COVID, or Gastroparesis, there is hope!

The Process

Regardless of how long you’ve had chronic pain or how you’ve been treated before, it is possible to thrive again. You are not broken beyond repair. Your body is amazing and capable of healing! Our treatment process is not focused on managing nor suppressing pain. We do not feel like that approach is a permanent sustainable solution. The goal of our treatment is to rehabilitate the Central Nervous System, allowing the body to heal from within.

Contact us via our online form, call (479) 304-8202, or book your FREE CRPS consultation to speak with a specialist about how we can help.

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