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Doctor insights on: Reflex Symptomatic Dystrophy

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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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If some one has reflex neurovascular dystrophy would nartoics help?

Opioids rsd: You will be having neuropathic pain. I would not suggest narcotics as this term denote illegal or illicit use. Neuropathic pain is known to be opioid resistant- you need higher doses for an effect. If all other modalities fail or the pain is really severe then opioids may have a role. ...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 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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