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.

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Does reflex sympathetic dystrophy cause fatigue?

Not typically. Rsd (or complex regional pain syndrome) does not typically cause fatigue in my experience. Some of the medications we use to treat this condition can cause fatigue though. If someone is having walking problems because of rsd in the foot or leg, they might feel fatigued because it is much harder to walk normally. Read more...
It can. All pain processes have the tendency to cause tiredness or fatigue. Read more...

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...

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

Injury - a cause. Injury is the first listed cause (not necessarily in order of prevelance).So, yes, if you do the type of injury that can result in this - it might indeed. Here's a site w/ lots of info. Read and visit your provider to pursue appropriate action. Best! Read more...
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...

Can reflex sympathetic dystrophy cause the small saphenous vein to stick out of the leg w/ below knee swelling?

It can. it can cause basically any dystrophic change in the lower extremity although what you describe is not specifically pathognomonic for CRPS. Has someone diagnosed you with that? Read more...

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...
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...
Myofascial!! See my new view file. All pain issue start out as simple tissues disease. If no therapy is offer the pain will sear into the tissues and alter the harmony leading to complex pain disease. Like tn, crps etc. Myofascial therapy is with hand-on techniques or needle therapy. I like acupuncture. Read more...
Rsd. Please read below - all the answers are correct and give you a good indication of how difficult rsd now crps really is . Read more...

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...
RSD SYMPTOMS. 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...

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...
Burning pain. Burning pain in the limb. Very sensitive pain to even ligh touch. Pain pattern does not follow a dermatome pattern. Color changes. Osteoperosis. Sweating or dry skin changes. Hair loss or hair changes. There are differences in changes over time. Read more...
RSD symptoms. 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...

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...