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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 What is RSD? Causes Symptoms TREATMENT RSD also known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy or Complex Regional Pain Syndrome is an uncommon form of chronic pain that usually affects the arm or leg. CRPS is characterized by severe pain, inflammation, and changes to the skin. Type 1: Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Triggered by a minor injury such as a fracture or sprain.Type 2: Causalgia Triggered by a more serious injury such as a broken bone, surgery or possibly a serious infection. Medications: Pain relieversAntidepressentsSteroid medicationbone-loss medicationsympathetic nerve-blocking medication Physical therapyPsychotherapySpinal Cord Stimulation REFLEX SYMPATHETIC DYSTROPHY Continuous burning or throbbing pain Sensitivity to touch or cold Changes in the skin color, ranges from white to red spots Muscle spasms Decreased ability to move the affected area Stiffness in affected joint DIAGNOSIS Diagnosis of CRPS is based on a physical exam and med medical history. There is no specific test, but there are some procedures done.Bone ScanSympathetic Nervous System TestsX-RaysMRI It's not well understood why these injuries cause RSD, but may be due to a dysfunctional interaction between your central or peripheral nervous systems and inappropriate inflammatory responses. Experts do know that an injury may have occurred, but in many cases no previous injury took place and there is no neurological or physical damage to the affected area.
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