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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

Dr. Qamar Khan
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Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (Definition)

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a condition in which a person has a chronic pain problem in his arms or legs, but can also be in other parts of his body. Perhaps the pain is due to problems with the nerves in the area, or there may be a problem with the immune system, leading to inflammation ...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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Why is reflex sympathetic dystrophy more common in women?

Why is reflex sympathetic dystrophy more common in women?

Unknown: Rsd is 3x more likely to occur in women than men. The reasons are unclear. It is thought that there is a genetic predisposition to the disease so this may play a role. ...Read more

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Does having reflex sympathetic dystrophy qualify you to have disability?

Does having reflex sympathetic dystrophy qualify you to have disability?

Rsd: Depend on how bad it is and how disabling it is. Just having rsd does not imply disability. You need a full disability evaluation. ...Read more

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How to cope with reflex sympathetic dystrophy (rsd) in your everyday life?

How to cope with reflex sympathetic dystrophy (rsd) in your everyday life?

RSD: Multi-modal therapy is the key to optimizing the management of RSD. This means utilizing all available resources including medications, injections, spinal cord stimulation, psychotherapy, support groups, exercise, etc. Many health care providers are not very educated about the management of RSD. You need to educate yourself & be your own advocate. There is a lot of help out there. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can NSAIDS help lessen Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy pain?

Can NSAIDS help lessen Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy pain?

Do you have it?: Have you been formally diagnosed with causalgia? The condition is pretty refractory to just about everything anyone has ever tried for pain. I don't recall hearing any of my patients with it tell me that NSAIDs did any good at all. According to your profile, you're not on any of the agents typically tried for RSD; so either you've already tried and failed them or you don't have it. ...Read more

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Will reflex sympathetic dystrophy cause fatigue?

Will reflex sympathetic dystrophy cause fatigue?

Possibly: This may not be a direct result of the complex regional pain syndrome but a result of the pain and reduction in overall function and quality of life caused by the condition. ...Read more

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Is it rare to have reflex sympathetic dystrophy in the knee?

Is it rare to have reflex sympathetic dystrophy in the knee?

Yes: Rsd or chronic regional pain syndrome is usually seen in the upper or lower extremities and usually involves a wider area than the knee itself. For instance, we may see it involving the calf, ankle and foot or hand wrist and forearm. I have heard of this diagnosis being made in a single joint like the knee but I have never seen it myself. ...Read more

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Dr. Tarek Shahbandar
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Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (Definition)

Reflex sympathetic dystrophy is a pain condition where there is life-long sharp or burning pain at the site of a previous injury, but without clearly identifiable ...Read more