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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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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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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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What's reflex sympathetic dystrophyk?

What's reflex sympathetic dystrophyk?

Pain following injur: Reflux sympathetic dystrophy is a condition usually follows injury affects mostly hands and feet. This condition usually progresses through different phases. Definitive cause is unknown. It can happen with or without nerve injury. Treatments available. ...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 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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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 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 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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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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Is Cremasteric reflex related with varicocele ?

Is Cremasteric reflex related with varicocele ?

Not related: The cremasteric reflex is a normal response of the nervous system and is not related to varicoceles. ...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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Can a concussion cause the nerve disorder reflex neurovascular dystrophy?

Can a concussion cause the nerve disorder reflex neurovascular dystrophy?

See below: I believe you mean reflex sympathetic dystrophy which is an old term and has been replaced by the term chronic regional pain syndrome. I have not seen a concussion do this. ...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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