I was diagnosed a little over a year ago. It started after a broken ankle. It never really healed. Got purple and blue..really bizarre. Went back 2 orthopedic surgeon and he knew someone who studied crps for 2 years at Jefferson hospital in Philadelphia. I was very lucky 2 get diagnosed early, but it all went down hill after that. I got a nerve blocker on my leg. It worked great. Unfortunately it jumped quickly 2 my arm about a month after the nerve blocker. I didn't get that lucky that time….it got really bad and nothing worked. So I got a spinal implant. Sounds scary, but saved my hand!!! They put 2 leads in in case it jumped 2 my other arm…which it did. I use an ipod to control my pain day 2 day. Weather plays a big part of good and bad days, and so is stress. So try and find something just for u 2 do on those rough days….. really! I'm a 45 year young woman and I'm coloring to calm me down and I listen to music and tune out the pain. Would like to talk more I'm rsnowflake!