CRPS – The cause of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

CRPS, complex regional pain syndrome, is also known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), Sudeck dystrophy, muscular dystrophy, post traumatic dystrophy or causalgia. It is also called the suicide disease, because the extreme burning pain is too much for some to handle, In these articles I’ll look into the cause of this mysterious and extremely painful disease.

You don’t have CRPS, you have viruses?

The American physician Silas Weir Mitchell (1829 – 1914) saw an extremely exaggerated pain after nerve injury in veterans of the American civil war. He used the term causalgia, derived from the Greek words Kausis (fire) + Algos (pain), to describe the severe burning pain. He also described other malfunctions of the nervous system like erythromelalgia (Mitchell’s disease) and phantom limb pain, that are somehow related to CRPS.

Paul Sudeck (1866 – 1945) was a German surgeon and described what we now call CRPS as Sudeck dystrophy. Dr. Sudeck proposed the varicella zoster virus (herpes type 3, also known as the chicken pox or shingles virus) as a cause for CRPS. That was already in 1901, more than 100 years ago! To understand this viral cause of CRPS, we need to take a better look at these herpes viruses.

Herpes family

Herpes is a large family of viruses, like herpes simplex HHV1 (cold sores), genital herpes HHV2, varicella zoster HHV3 (chicken pox / shingles), Epstein barr HHV4 (mono), cytomegalo HHV5 (mono, hepatitis), roseola HHV6 & 7 (sixth disease) and kaposi’s sarcoma HHV8 (cancer). The typical blisters, rash, cold sores or shingles are a clear indication that you are dealing with a virus, but these symptoms are not always present. In the case of HHV3, it is then called shingles without a rash (zoster sine herpete). This can devellop years or even decades after an initial chicken pox infection. Herpes viruses are known to cause all kinds of different auto-immune and neurodegenerative diseases. I think these herpes viruses are also responsible for what we call CRPS, especially the alpha herpes viruses; HHV1, 2 and 3.


Herpes viruses can be dormant for years and hide in the organs, but also in the nervous system, especially in the nerve roots, near the spine. During a period that the immune system is under stress, mostly by a combination of physical, emotional and chemical stress, the herpes viruses get triggered and become active. The trigger can be an accident, surgery, traumatic divorce, emotional abuse, or a chemical overload like mercury, but also a bacterial or fungal co-infection, like lyme or candida.

The herpes viruses, that remain hidden in the nerve roots, become (re)activated during stress, and travel to the nerve endings, where they cause damage to the nerve cells. Some call this an autoimmune reaction, but the body is not just attacking itself. The immune system attacks the virus, that hides in the nerves, causing inflammation and damage to the nerve cells cause a severe burning pain. This pain is now labeled as a complex disease in CRPS. But what we call a flare, or spreading, until full body CRPS, can actually be the result of the viral infection, inflaming the nerves in muscles and connective tissues, but also in the organs, intestines and / or bloodvessels (in case of HHV3 this is called internal shingles).

Suppressing symptoms

Everyone is distracted by the painful symptoms, but few are actually looking at the cause of the inflammatory response. Most of the medical community is only trying to suppress the symptom, pain, with harmful and addictive drugs, or dangerous procedures, like nerve blocks or spinal cord stimulators. But these are totally ineffective, because the pain of CRPS is caused by a viral infection. Antibiotics and immuno suppressants, like steroids and nsaids, can make the problem even worse, because these suppress the immune systems’ ability to fight off the viruses.

Detecting and treating CRPS

CRPS is a viral disease, causing severe neuro inflammation of the central and / or peripheral nervous system, just like with fibromyalgia and other pain conditions.  The problem with herpes viruses, is that they only show up in a bloodtest in an active phase, because the bloodtest is only looking for antibodies against the virus, and not for the virus itself. That is why so many diseases are misdiagnosed.

Just to be clear. With identifiying the herpes virus, I tried to capture the hidden origin of CRPS. Does this mean that you can heal CRPS by addressing the virus and boosting the immune system alone? I do not think so, but it will help to stop it from spreading. It is important to adress the viral cause first, otherwise the body cannot heal. CRPS can be seen as a post herpetic neuralgia, just like the pain after shingles, but then without the typical blisters. Herpes viruses cause neurological damage, that needs healing. That will be the next step.

Other factor in CRPS

There are also other factors involved in CRPS like:
Central sensitisation (= Central inflammation!)
neuroplasticity (sensory / motor cortical map reorganisation
C1 (atlas) misalignment (whiplash trauma)
vagus nerve dysfunction
vagus nerve inflammation
parasympathetic  nervous system dysregulation,
amygdala trauma,
scar tissue
heavy metal poisoning
(mercury or aluminium in vaccines and mercury in amalgan fillings),
MTHFR gene mutation, causing problems with detoxing,
connective tissue diseases, like EDS
inflammation of nerve endings in fascia
secundairy viral or bacterial or fungal infections, like Lyme Borreliose (Lyme disease) or  Candida
Primairy reflex disruption
I think getting a grip on the herpes viral infection, and boosting the immune system, is what we need look at first. Then we can start to heal the nervous system.

© Niels Bagchus

Are you in a abusive relationship……  with your doctor?

The way medical doctors treat CRPS patients, is in the same spectrum of abuse, as having a relationship with someone who has a narcissistic personality disorder. It causes a lot of stress, and it can even result in PTSD. Narcissistic abuse works with cognitive dissonance, Stockholm syndrome and trauma bonding, to keep you entangled with a person, that says he/she loves you, but actually is abusing you.

Doctors abuse you, by not taking your pain serious, telling you it’s all in your head, and performing dangerous procedures like sticking needles in your back, in an attempt to block nerves, cutting your back open to implant spinal cord stimulators, amputating limbs, and drugging you with very harmful and addictive medications, that compromise your already burdened body, CRPS is likely to get worse than it already was.

Some of the procedures for CRPS can be seen as a violation of the Neurenberg code, that was used after WW2, to protect people from harmful and experimental medical procedures. Paul Sudeck was one of the first doctors, from that era, to describe Sudeck dystrophy, and proposed the varicella zoster virus, herpes type 3 (chicken pox / shingles virus) as the cause for this disease. But because of his supposed nazi background, the disease was later stripped of the Sudeck name, and almost nobody cared to look at the herpes viral cause.

CRPS now lives under a disguise of many different names, that add to the confusion; Sudeck dystrophy, post traumatic dystrophy, causalgia, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, and recently the meaningless name complex regional pain syndrome. Everything about the name CRPS is wrong. CRPS is not complex, as long you not only look at the symptom of pain, but look for the actual cause. CRPS also is not regional, because it can spread. The word syndrome means; ‘we do not know what is causing these symptoms’.  But  Dr. Paul Sudeck already proposed in 1901 that CRPS is a herpes type 3 viral infection of the nervous system.

You have to understand that you have become a guiney pig of abusive, narcissistic doctors, that care more about making money, than actually healing patients. And you are even paying for it, because you keep coming back, just like a victim of domestic violence, who is not able to leave an abusive spouce. If your doctor does you more harm than good, it’s time to fire your doctor and take matters in your own hand.

Frequency healing with Rife frequencies

A biofeedbackscan can detect viruses, even when they are dormant. A Rife generator like Spooky2 can be used to target the viruses and other underlying issues.

You can shatter a glass with vibrations of the human voice.  In a same manner, you can shatter viruses with the frequencies that Royal Raymond Rife has discovered. Take a look at the Lyme and Morgellons protocol of the spooky2 software, that targets every pathogen that is associated with Lyme disease, including viruses. The detox programs are also very helpful with helping to detox the body. The  generator X can also be used to support nerve healing by appying specific frequencies.

Bisphosphonates or Vitamin C?

Bisphosphonates (Neridronate) are drugs  to treat osteoporosis. Although bisphosphonates have serious side effects, they seem to work for some people with CRPS. I think that bisphosphonates have a positive side effect, that it boosts the immune system. That indicates that it helps fight a viral infection, that is causing a serious vitamin C deficiency, and that deficiency can also be a underlying cause of osteoporosis (scurvy of the bone). When the vitamin C is taken from the connective tissues it can lead to connective tissue diseases, like EDS (Ehler Danlos Syndrome), that is also related to CRPS. Because CRPS is actually caused by a viral infection of the nervous system, and vitamin C supports the immune system in fighting the viruses, high dose vitamin C can help getting the viruses under control. Also Vitamin D (sunlight), NAC (N-Acetyl Cysteine), L-Lysine, Monolaurin and GcMAF can help with viral infections.


Many people with autoimmune disorders also have trouble with gluten, which is a part of grains like wheat. Wheat these days has been manipulated, so basically it is 50% grass, and we can’t digest that, because we are not cows. Apart from that, there is a lot of glyphosate in wheat, and that is patented as an antibiotic, so it kills the good bacteria in your gut, leading to an overgrowth of unwanted bacteria and fungi, like candida. Gluten are also linked to leaky gut syndrome, damaging the gut lining, causing harmfull viruses to enter the body. The neurotropic herpes viruses can enter the body through the gut lining and travel along the vagus nerve to the entire nervous system. In times of great stress the immune system (that is mainly in the gut) shuts down. The viruses, that hide in the nerve roots, travel to the nerve endings, causing extreme burning pain.

© Niels Bagchus