Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) also known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
(CRPS), is a chronic pain, neurological syndrome. RSD is a malfunction of the central nervous systems, which causes pain and
millions of people in the United States. This is not a new
disease. RSD has been documented all the way back to the Civil
War. If not treated aggressively and correctly RSD spreads
rapidly. RSD Fact Sheet.
Symptoms of RSD include:
- severe intense burning pain
(feeling like you are on fire)
- pathological changes in bone
- excessive sweating
- tissue swelling
- extreme sensitivity to touch
- dramatic changes in the color and temperature of the skin over the affected limb or body part
- skin sensitivity
offers the most complex description of RSD.
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and strokes describes RSD
regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic pain condition that is
believed to be the result of dysfunction in the central or peripheral
nervous systems. Typical features include dramatic changes in the color
and temperature of the skin over the affected limb or body part,
accompanied by intense burning pain, skin sensitivity, sweating, and
swelling. CRPS I is frequently triggered by tissue
injury; the term describes all patients with the above symptoms but with
no underlying nerve injury. Patients with CRPS II
experience the same symptoms but their cases are clearly associated with
a nerve injury."
to Neurology Channel, RSD is "also
known as complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), is a chronic,
painful, and progressive neurological condition that affects skin,
muscles, joints, and bones. The syndrome usually develops in an injured
limb, such as a broken leg, or following surgery. However, many cases of
RSD involve only a minor injury, such as a sprain. And in some cases, no
precipitating event can be identified.
may begin in one area or limb and then spread to other limbs. RSD/CRPS
is characterized by various degrees of burning pain, excessive
sweating, swelling, and sensitivity to touch.
Symptoms of RSD/CRPS may recede for years and then reappear with a new
offers more details, "Although the signs and symptoms of RSD vary
depending upon the clinical stage of the disorder, the one common
feature shared by all 3 clinical stages (early, established, or late
RSD) is pain.
Because currently there is no cure for RSD, the goals of
treatment include: 1) controlling and minimizing pain to the greatest
extent possible; 2) restoring function to the RSD-affected limb; 3)
preventing progression of the disease process to the late stage; and 4)
improving the patient's quality of life and psychological