It took a year of me pushing the doctors to gain a diagnosis of CRPS. I've now been living with the condition for 2 years in total.
My experience of the condition is pretty unique, due its location in my abdominal wall. It affects many of my daily activities - I'm sure you have already discovered threw your own experiences how hard it can be.
Luckily for me, I was quickly referral to a [b:23eccda4e9]Cognitive Behavioural Therapist [/b:23eccda4e9](dealing in the thought process), something I would recommend anyone suffering with the condition to look into.
The CBT team teach you how to live with chronic pain, physically and mentally. They help you re-learn the simple things like how to think positively about the situation, how to question your thoughts and feelings, what to do during a flare-up. They teach useful things like how your nervous system works and try to discover what your pain triggers are. The CBT team don't just deal with the your obvious issues of pain, they look at everything going on in your life, relationships, activities, work, fitness, people’s perceptions of you and much much more.
Although they aren't there to give out medication, the coping mechanisms and strategies they help you implement, go a long way to reducing the likelihood of a flair-up.
If you only take one thing from this post to help you cope, then let it be this: -
[b:23eccda4e9]'Although i am in pain at the moment, it will not last forever and I will get through it.' [/b:23eccda4e9]
Try to remind yourself of how long your last flare-up lasted and as hard as it is, try and get out of the house even if it is just for 10 minutes two maybe three times a day.
Wishing you all the best in your own road to recovery.