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Doctor insights on: Relex Sympathetic Dystrophy

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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

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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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 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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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 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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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 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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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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How are duchennes muscular dystrophy and myotonic muscular dystrophy different?

How are duchennes muscular dystrophy and myotonic muscular dystrophy different?

Amount of Dystrophin: The two conditions differ in their severity, age of onset, and rate of progression. Mutations in the dmd gene cause duchenne and becker forms of muscular dystrophy (dmd and bmd, respectively). Mutations that lead to an abnormal version of dystrophin that retains some function usually cause bmd, while mutations that prevent the production of any functional dystrophin causes dmd. ...Read more

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Fshd musclar dystrophy any updates?

Fshd musclar dystrophy any updates?

Genetic studies only: You are asking about facial-scapular-humaral dystrophy. This is a very familial form of mild muscular dystrophy that involves the face and shoulders and upper arms and is progressive from adolescence on. There are no definite treatments except exercises and at times tendon-muscle transfers. Advances in the genetic evaluation seem exciting. There are trials of Prednisone such as in duchenne's. ...Read more

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Can sympathetic nerve blocks cure crps?

In short - yes: It is possible, especially when caught early, for sympathetic blocks to cure crps (or at-least put in remission). ...Read more

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What mutation type causes duchenne muscular dystrophy?

What mutation type causes duchenne muscular dystrophy?

Duchenne MD: Duchenne muscular dystrophy is caused by a defective gene for dystrophin (a protein in the muscles). It is inherited in an X-linked recessive fashion, but it often occurs in people from families without a known family history of the condition. Children with the condition should be followed with a multi-specialist team approach ...Read more

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What mutation type causes duchenne muscular dystrophy?

What mutation type causes duchenne muscular dystrophy?

DMD is caused by: mutation of Xp21.2-p21.1, a large gene that encodes dystrophin, a muscle protein. Deletions in specific areas of the gene are associated with cognitive impairment, verbal memory, auditory comprehension, increased risk of ADHD & Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Each son of a carrier mom has a 50% chance of having DMD. Carrier girls can have muscle weakness, including heart. See mda.org & a geneticist. ...Read more

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Does anyone know anything about reflex sympathetic dystroph rsd?

Does anyone know anything about reflex sympathetic dystroph rsd?

RSD: The most common symptoms of RSD include: Allodynia: painful response to non-painful stimulation. Vasomotor symptoms: skin color & temperature changes. Sudomotor symptoms: sweat pattern abnormalities. Trophic symptoms: abnormal skin, hair & nail growth. ...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