Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) – otherwise known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) – is volatile and erratic, the consequence of an unhinged nervous system; akin to a tormented ancestor who, though passed on, have lost their mind and taken up residence in your body. Its origin is in the brain’s pain maps. CRPS pain is listed by the McGill Pain Index as stronger than that of childbirth and amputation. Yet the lack of awareness and understanding about it among health care professionals is astounding, especially in Canada.