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Amanda pedals through the pain of CRPS

Not so long ago, our Swindon Champion, Anna Cipullo, wrote a blog about Amanda Nelson detailing a strong independent women determined to battle through complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) in order to continue cycling.
Amanda Nelson prepares for LEJOG

Unfortunately the complexity of Amanda’s health issues have increased, and yet so has her determination to remain a cyclist. Amanda says: “In terms of my health, my pain levels have increased tenfold since I have started cycling but emotionally I am so much better. The latter certainly helps me to cope with the pain. I get such a buzz from cycling that I have no intentions of quitting no matter how bad my pain becomes.”

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CTC's Anna Cipullo helps a rider with an incurable illness to get back in the saddle

Recently I met a forty-something lady called Amanda Nelson from Swindon. Amanda has been a strong gym-addict, road cyclist and mountain biker all her life, but twenty months ago she was diagnosed with an incurable neurological disorder called CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome).

Since then her left leg has deteriorated and become sensitive to the slightest touch and movement. She is now unable to walk without the aid of crutches and, for longer distances, uses a mobility scooter.


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