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Dr. Tarek Shahbandar
236 Doctors shared insights

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (Overview)

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.


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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

Dr. Tarek Shahbandar
236 Doctors shared insights

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (Overview)

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.


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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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Managing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (Checklist)

Wear a wrist brace at night
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Take pain medications as directed
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Use proper posture when performing tasks
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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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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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Living with Asperger's Syndrome (Checklist)

Learn about your condition
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Practice stress management and mindfulness
2x day
Do not be afraid to ask for feedback
3x day
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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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What causes reflex sympathetic dystrophy?

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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See a vein specialist
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Check your cholesterol medications
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Have a venous ultrasound to check for reflux
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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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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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Living with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (Checklist)

Eliminate low-fat, high-carb foods from your diet
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Monitor your weight and review your diet daily
daily
Blend exercises that make sense into your daily routine
daily
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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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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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Living with Down Syndrome (Checklist)

Enroll in an early intervention program
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Get help from local and national support groups
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Consider getting help from mental health professionals
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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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Living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Checklist)

Try to notice and avoid precipitating factors
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Start a trial of increased dietary fiber
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See your primary care physician or gastroenterologist if symptoms persist
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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?

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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Living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFIDS) (Checklist)

Don't overdo it when you have more energy than usual
Once
Try slow and steady movement like qigong, tai chi, or yoga
Once
Consider natural medical alternatives such as dipsacus
Once
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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?

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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Managing Pain from Cancer (Checklist)

Ask an oncologist to refer you to a cancer pain specialist
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Ask a pain specialist about both interventional and medication options
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If you have pancreatic cancer, ask about a celiac plexus block
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If you have neuropathy, request a trial of ketamine-based topical creams
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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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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

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Managing Neck Pain (Checklist)

Use your pain medication as directed
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Avoid fast movements
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See your doctor if your neck pain hasn't improved in 1 week
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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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Managing Knee Pain (Checklist)

Try to determine the cause
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If swollen, ice the knee with a bag of ice, frozen peas, etc.
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See a doctor
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Consider seeing a physical therapist
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Dr. Qamar Khan
311 Doctors shared insights

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