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Doctor insights on: Alternative Treatments For Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy

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What medicines are used for rsd reflex sympathetic dystrophy?

What medicines are used for rsd reflex sympathetic dystrophy?

Many: Everything from steroids, narcotics, anti-inflammatories, & nerve stabilizers to anti-depressants, & marijuana (which works esp. well as a topical ointment).I personally recommend Vit D cream or Prologel, topically, along with Vit B12, orally, if you can touch the skin.If that works, you may eventually be able to tolerate neuroprolotherapy (which is new & thus, controversial) to calm the nerves. ...Read more

Dr. Tarek Shahbandar
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Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (Definition)

RSD/Complex Regional Pain Syndrome is a diagnosis of exclusion. It is an injury that results in pain that seems disproportionate. It typically involves the extremities. Physical signs can be cool skin, loss of hair, sweating dysfunction, loss of hair, shiny skin, loss of bone density. Treatment is physical therapy, but pain may prevent this. Sympathetic nerve blocks can reduce ...Read more


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What are the best treatments for reflex sympathetic dystrophy?

What are the best treatments for reflex sympathetic dystrophy?

EARLY DIAGNOSIS!: The most important treatment is early diagnosis, which can make a difference in success. Aggressive home passive and active range-of-motion excercises, heat soaks (avoiding ice), along with medication management, is key to early success. Often sympathetic nerve blocks are useful. Seek a pain specialist soon for the best chance for success. ...Read more

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What are the best treatments for reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome?

What are the best treatments for reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome?

Dampen Nerve Actvty: Multiple treatment options reduce pain from rsd - now known as crps 1. Neuropathic agents to reduce nerve related pain - gabapentin/lyrica 2. Topical agents - lidoderm, etc 3. Injections to block the nerve center (i.e. Stellate ganglion/lsb injections) 4. Spinal cord stimulation as last option. ...Read more

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What are usual tests for reflex sympathetic dystrophy?

What are usual tests for reflex sympathetic dystrophy?

See below: There are no specific tests for causalgia which is an old term for what is not referred to as complex regional pain syndrome. In causalgia, called crps type one there is usually some associated nerve injury so we may do a test called an emg/ncs. Often we do a test called a 3 phase bone scan but this test is not definitivein all cases.Mostly we rely on our physical examination to make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Any cure for pain - reflex neurovasular dystrophy [rnd/rsd]?

Any cure for pain - reflex neurovasular dystrophy [rnd/rsd]?

Yes: Rsd ( reflex sympathetic dystrophy) or chronic regional pain syndrome is a poorly understood pain condition. I have treated many cases that resolve. The key is getting treatment early (usually within the first month). The treatment includes aggressive physical therapy, may include sympathetic nerve blocks as well as a variety of different medications to deal with the nerve pain that results. ...Read more

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Are there rsd-reflex sympathetic dystrophy support groups?

Are there rsd-reflex sympathetic dystrophy support groups?

Careful w groups: See my other answers on rsd, support groups can be a good way to talk to others who have the same disease as you, be careful of bias and opinions. Some groups have a group think mentality that can lock you in to a mind set and lead you away from some therapies that may completely reverse most of you pain. ...Read more

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What are alternative treatment methods for spinal muscular atrophy?

What are alternative treatment methods for spinal muscular atrophy?

Well not sure: What treatments you are getting. In general muscle exercises and physical therapy are useful. Do they know why your spinal muscles are atrophied? Ask yuor doctor who is handling this. There is no quick cure. ...Read more

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What is reflex sympathetic dystrophy?

What is reflex sympathetic dystrophy?

Now CRPS: Complex regional pain syndrome, formerly rsd, is a pain syndrome, usually occurring in an arm or leg after an injury, but lasting much longer than would be normal for that type of injury. It typically has a component of redness or swelling and is described as burning or aching. There is also no obvious damage to a specific nerve that doctors can find. The cause is not clearly understood. ...Read more

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Please explain the procedure for advanced neuro modulation system? How it works? Success rates?

Please explain the procedure for advanced neuro modulation system? How it works? Success rates?

ANS system: I think you are referring to spinal cord stimulation. Basically its the placement of fine wires with metal contacts into the spine. This is connected to a generator that provides a fine current. The idea is to produce a tingling feeling in an area of pain in order to reduce or control the pain severity. There are 3 companies and the devices work differently. ...Read more

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Is there any treatment for muscular dystrophy (jerry lewis) ?

Is there any treatment for muscular dystrophy (jerry lewis) ?

It depends: There are many different forms of muscular dystrophy. Treatment depends on the type. For some forms there are treatments to slow progression of the disease. There are currently no cures, but a lot of active research and promise on the horizon. ...Read more

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Are there good alternative therapies for facial nerve paralysis?

Are there good alternative therapies for facial nerve paralysis?

No really: No dependable alternative therapies exist. The cause of the paralysis is very important. A bell's palsy should probably be seen and treated by an ENT to ensure appropriate treatment (high dose steroids +/- decompression surgery). If the paralysis is complete, surgical options exists for the various problems associated with the paralysis. See a facial plastic surgeon w/ experience in this area. ...Read more

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Do adenosine receptors offer new therapeutic options for diabetic nephropathy?

Do adenosine receptors offer new therapeutic options for diabetic nephropathy?

Yes: Yes recent advances in understanding the relationship between Adenosine metabolism sakowicz-burkiewicz m, pawelczyk t (2011) j physiol pharmacol. 62 (5), 505-12. ...Read more

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What are treatment options available for muscular dystrophy (dmd)?

What are treatment options   available for muscular dystrophy (dmd)?

There is no cure.: While there is no cure, a number of medications have been tried to lessen the symptoms, including: albuteral--a drug used for people with asthma, amino acids, carnitine, coenzyme q10, creatine, fish oil, green tea extracts, vitamin e, steroids. A neurologist who specializes in muscle disorders would be most helpful to you. ...Read more

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What causes reflex sympathetic dystrophy?

Rsd: Usually some injury - trivial or not - that results in sensitization of peripheral nerve fibers that then results in painful state. If left untreated changes take place in the spinal cord and brain as well. ...Read more

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What percentage of epilepsy patients are good candidates for vagus nerve stimulation (vns) therapy?

What percentage of epilepsy patients are good candidates for vagus nerve stimulation (vns) therapy?

VNS candidates: must be at least 12 years old (in the US) and have seizures that are known to respond to VNS ( eg. focal seizures, secondarily generalized seizures ) and have failed to achieve adequate seizure control with at least two anticonvulsants (with documented therapeutic levels) or a combination of medications. Typically they are not good epilepsy surgery candidates. In my practice: about 1/3 patients. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have crest syndrome and rsd (reflex sympathetic dystrophy)?

Is it possible to have crest syndrome and rsd (reflex sympathetic dystrophy)?

Yes but unlikely: Those are two rare diseases. It is possible to have both, as having one doesn't protect you from getting the other, but it would be very unusual. ...Read more

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Natural cure for spasmodic dysphones?

Natural cure for spasmodic dysphones?

Many approaches: There are many effective natural approaches for spasmodic dysphonia, including stress reduction/biofeedback,nutritional supplements (esp. magnesium taurate and B-complex),herbs, homeopathy,cranial osteopathy,oral myofascial therapy, essential oils and homeopathy.Diff. things work for diff. people. Work with a good integrative Dr. See http://tinyurl.com/ycl5ony9 and http://tinyurl.com/y92z5h48 ...Read more

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What are some alternative health cures/treatment for periodic limb movement disorder?

What are some alternative health cures/treatment for periodic limb movement disorder?

Not aware of any: Periodic limb movements in sleep are perhaps similar to restless leg sydrome, but represent sudden nocturnal jerking while asleep. No otc preps seem useful, but drugs such as clonazepam, ropinorole, pramipexole, and even l-dopa may control this. ...Read more

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Lumbar sympathetic block provided no relief for burning pain, what other interventional treatments are available?

Lumbar sympathetic block provided no relief for burning pain, what other interventional treatments are available?

Dual non-traditional: Burning=virtually always neurologic origin.Contrary to typical approach like blocks of spinal nerves, new & 150 yr old evidence shows most such pain is due to peripheral nerves, not central.Osteopathic history & exam may give info about structural causes (ex. pinching of nerves) & manipulation may correct.Additionally, neuroprolotherapy (relatively new procedure)-very effective for this pain type. ...Read more

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Is homeopathy better than allopathy for duchenne muscular dystrophyy .As homeopathy doesn't have side effects?

Is homeopathy  better  than allopathy for duchenne muscular dystrophyy .As homeopathy doesn't  have side effects?

Not for that reason: Allopathic drugs don't have much to offer for md- steroids may help some but do have side effects. However, physical therapy, respiratory support devices & surgery often help. Homeopathy has the potential to actually slow or even reverse the disease process in some cases (though most docs don't believe this). Nutritional supplements like coq10, Amino Acids & green tea may also help as well. ...Read more

Dr. Qamar Khan
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Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (Definition)

A condition in which a person has a chronic pain problem in his arms or legs, but can also be in other ...Read more