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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 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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Reflex sympathetic dystrophy symptoms?

Reflex sympathetic dystrophy symptoms?

A nerve disorder: Rsd is a progressive disease characterized by pain, swelling, color and temperature changes in an extremity (usually arm or leg). It is caused by impaired functioning of the autonomic nervous system. Patients can loose function of the affected extremity and it can spread to the unaffected side. Symptoms often manifest after a previous traumatic injury to the area. Treatment is multi-modal. ...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 are the symptoms of reflex sympathetic dystrophy?

What are the symptoms of reflex sympathetic dystrophy?

RSD: Rsd is an old term for a condition now called complex regional pain syndrome. This begins with some type of injury, often a minor one. There is a great deal of pain as well as swelling in the involved limb, sensitivity to even light touch and abnormalities in sweating of the affected extremity. The condition is poorly understood. The mainstay of treatment is aggressive physical therapy. ...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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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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Can you clarify what reflex sympathetic dystrophy really is?

Can you clarify what reflex sympathetic dystrophy really is?

CRPS: The newer designation is crps, complex regional pain syndrome, which is caused by damage to regional nerves, most often from blunt, crushing injuries, even though there are many other causes like post surgical injuries, infections, etc. The smaller weaker nerves get damaged easier. These nerves help control other nerves. When these malfunctioning nerves are out of control, chronic pain results. ...Read more

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Does anyone here know anything about reflex sympathetic dystrophy?

Does anyone here know anything about reflex sympathetic dystrophy?

Look here: This is a great website for you to look at:

http://www. Rsds. Org/index2.Html. ...Read more

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What are the complications involving reflex sympathetic dystrophy?

What are the complications involving reflex sympathetic dystrophy?

Several: Reflex sympathetic dystrophy needs to be aggressively treated. The complications are loss of range of motion, atrophy of skin, bone and muscles, loss of use, contractures, disability, and permanent pain. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Reflex sympathetic dystrophy?

What is the definition or description of: Reflex sympathetic dystrophy?

RSD: 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 pain to help PT. ...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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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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Can having reflex sympathetic dystrophy qualify you to have a service dog?

Can having reflex sympathetic dystrophy qualify you to have a service dog?

No: Unlikely a service dog would be approved for that reason but in california almost anything is possible. ...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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Can having bad reflex sympathetic dystrophy qualify you to have a service dog?

Can having bad reflex sympathetic dystrophy qualify you to have a service dog?

Level of dysfunction: Having a particular diagnosis doesn't qualify you alone. It all depends on the level of functional impairment that is present given the type and severity of your symptom complex. You need to be evaluated by your physician or physiatry to determine your level of dysfunction to see if you qualify. ...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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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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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's the best way to treat rsd (reflex sympathetic dystrophy) without seeing a doc?

What's the best way to treat rsd (reflex sympathetic dystrophy) without seeing a doc?

CRPS treatment: Reflex sympathetic dystrophy or complex regional pain syndrome (crps) is a different condition to treat. The main focus of the treatment is to restore the function. You can try exercise at home. If it is not improved, see a pain specialist. Several treatments are available, including physical therapy, medications like topical cream, anti-seizure, infusion, injections. .. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have both thoracic oulet syndrome and reflex sympathetic dystrophy?

Is it possible to have both thoracic oulet syndrome and reflex sympathetic dystrophy?

Symptoms Similar: Both have very similar symptoms. The majority of cases that I see are primarily due to the thoracic outlet causation and are not rsd. These symptoms can be magnified by poor, slumping posture, and sleeping on your side on top of your arms. Try wall pushups to strengthen scapular retraction and sleeping with pillows in your armpit and with a cervical roll. Symptoms almost immediately improve.. ...Read more

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Does reflex sympathetic dystrophy cause fatigue?

Does reflex sympathetic dystrophy cause fatigue?

It can: All pain processes have the tendency to cause tiredness or fatigue. ...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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Can reflex sympathetic dystrophy cause you fatigue?

Yes: Any chronic pain condition such as rsd can be associated with fatigue. ...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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I have been diagnosed with reflex sympathetic dystrophy. Having a bone scan done. Do you think this will confirm the diagnose or will need more tests?

I have been diagnosed with reflex sympathetic dystrophy. Having a bone scan done. Do you think this will confirm the diagnose or will need more tests?

IT could: There is a certain scan pattern that is "typical " of rsd but not all patient's scans will demonstrate this pattern. ...Read more

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How common is it to get reflex sympathetic dystrophy in the knee?

How common is it to get reflex sympathetic dystrophy in the knee?

Rare: Rsd is a rare disease and it does not usually start at a specific point like a knee. It's possible knee pain is from rsd but unlikely. ...Read more

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Can missing several stairs going down the stairs and landing with all of your weight on one foot multiple times cause reflex sympathetic dystrophy?

Absolutely: Could have caused it the first time. Hard to know exactly why crps occurs after some injuries and not all of them or even most. Please get a full eval, by a PMR or orthopoedist to make certain your diagnosis is correct and not a missed fracture or nerve entrapment. And, we are assuming the pain is in the injures limb ...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