Contrast baths can help foot/ankle/hand/wrist CRPS. the only reason that I have experience w this is I'm a PT. Everyone responds differently of course. Found that most people cannot tolerate straight ice.
I was told that contrast Ice/ heat is so severely bad for crps bc it ruins the sympathetic nerves even more Than what they are. Most pt believe In it. mine did and that's what made it spread check out rsd hope.org it gives a wealth of crps info
Ps I am. Crps for three years and have tried every med every conservative and non conservative method. I Am 33 with. Nurse lived with me and a mom of three on disabilty. Not fair huh :( best of luck to you
Thank you Im so sorry to hear that I dont know what made mine worse but I am unable to walk or stand been dealing with it for 7 years I am only 25. I live with my family.. so you are not alone. I dont have any kids just have a 6 almost 7 year old brother. He drives me crazy. LoL!
I wasn't diagnosed with crps 14 years ago. The rule of thumb with crps is no ice...period. Ice tends to aggravate the condition and make things much worse. Like crippled33 stated www.rsdhope.org is a wonderful resource and they have a good deal of information specifically about why you should never use ice if you've been diagnosed with rsd/crps.