RSD are you at risk?

18 Feb

Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), also called complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), is a chronic, painful, and progressive neurological condition that affects the 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.

RSD/CRPS is characterized by various degrees of burning pain, excessive sweating, swelling, and sensitivity to touch. Pain may begin in one area or limb and then spread to other limbs. In some cases, symptoms of RSD/CRPS diminish for a period of time and then reappear with a new injury.

Two types of RSD/CRPS have been defined:

  • Type 1—without nerve injury
  • Type 2 (formerly called causalgia)—with nerve injury

Both types of RSD/CRPS share the same signs and symptoms.

Incidence and Prevalence

Millions of people in the United States may suffer from RSD/CRPS. This chronic pain syndrome affects both men and women, and also occurs in children. It can occur at any age, but usually affects people between the ages of 40 and 60 years. The symptoms are varied and unique. RSD (CRPS) can be in the upper extremities, lower extremities, there is facial RSD and total body RSD (CRPS).

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2 Responses to “RSD are you at risk?”

  1. Mara February 20, 2010 at 5:14 pm #

    I have suffered with RSD since 1994 and I know how overwhelming it can become. It is a tremendous undertaking to manage the many symptoms RSD sufferers have. In 2005 I found some alternative wellness products that have helped me and many others manage the pain and many other symptoms from RSD. If you wish to read my story

  2. ohmynerves October 13, 2010 at 12:36 am #

    Here at Oh My Nerves we are promoting blogs about RSD / CRPS, sufferers stories, treatment updates and any news/media we find in the hopes of gathering as much info as possible about this horrible disease. Thank you for posting this article and helping to spread knowledge. Every little bit helps!

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