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.
RSD. This is in simple terms an overactivity of the sympathetic system that results in color changes, swelling, temperature differences, severe pain, sensitivity to touch and wind. This usually results from an injury no matter how trivial. It can also arise on its own. The important thing is an early diagnosis and aggressive treatment - very often the former is a big problem!
IMO, Myofascial. Dense muscle triggers will lead to complex tissue pain issues. See my files for more details.

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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...
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 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...

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...

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...

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...

Can I get any help in the relief of reflex sympathetic dystrophy?

If treated early . There is a window of 6 to 18 months within which treatment is effective. Most important factor appears to be restoration of normal range of motion of the proximal joints. See rheumatologist. Read more...
Many approaches. Some pts use chronic opioids, others find some relief with nerve pain suppressors such as lyrica (pregabalin). Mexelitine may be occas of value, and many pts do well with spinal stimulators. Have found nerve blocks, such as stellate ganglion blocks helpful diagnostically but not therapeutically. Read more...

Does anyone here know anything about reflex sympathetic dystrophy?

Yes. Rsd (complex regional pain syndrome) is a poorly understood pain condition. It can occur after minor or major trauma or after nerve injury. It consists of severe pain, usually in the end of a limb, swelling and increased warmth in the early phases and muscle atrophy and contracture in the later phases. There may be excessive sweating. The causes are poorly understood. Mainstay is aggressive pt. Read more...
Look here. This is a great website for you to look at: http://www.Rsds.Org/index2.Html. Read more...