complex regional pain syndrome

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any disorder due to defective or faulty nutrition, especially muscular dystrophy. adj., adj dystroph´ic.
adiposogenital dystrophy adiposity of the feminine type, genital hypoplasia, changes in secondary sex characters, and metabolic disturbances; seen with lesions of the hypothalamus; see also adiposogenital dystrophy.
Becker's muscular dystrophy (Becker type muscular dystrophy) a form closely resembling Duchenne's muscular dystrophy, but having a later onset and milder course; transmitted as an X-linked recessive trait.
distal muscular dystrophy distal myopathy.
Duchenne's muscular dystrophy (Duchenne type muscular dystrophy) The childhood type of muscular dystrophy.
facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy muscular dystrophy affecting the face, shoulder, and upper arm muscles; called also Landouzy-Dejerine muscular dystrophy.
Landouzy-Dejerine dystrophy (Landouzy-Dejerine muscular dystrophy) facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy.
muscular dystrophy see muscular dystrophy.
myotonic dystrophy a rare, slowly progressive, hereditary disease, marked by myotonia followed by muscular atrophy (especially of the face and neck), cataracts, hypogonadism, frontal balding, and cardiac disorders. Called also dystrophia myotonica, myotonia atrophica, and myotonia dystrophica.
progressive muscular dystrophy muscular dystrophy.
pseudohypertrophic muscular dystrophy muscular dystrophy affecting the shoulder and pelvic girdles, beginning in childhood and marked by increasing weakness, pseudohypertrophy of the muscles, followed by atrophy, and a peculiar swaying gait with the legs kept wide apart. Called also pseudohypertrophic muscular paralysis.
reflex sympathetic dystrophy a syndrome of chronic pain that usually develops after a trauma or noxious stimulus, although the nerve injury cannot be immediately identified. The pain is not limited to the distribution of a single nerve and is often out of proportion to the precipitating event. It is most often described as a burning pain, and is accompanied by swelling, sweating, sensitivity to touch, and sometimes changes in tissue growth. Called also chronic or complex regional pain syndrome. Clinical practice guidelines have been published by the Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association of America and are available on their web site at or by writing to Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association of America, P.O. Box 502, Milford CT 06460.

complex regional pain syndrome

a neuromuscular condition characterized by pain and stiffness in the shoulder and arm, limited joint motion, swelling of the hand, muscle atrophy, and decalcification of the underlying bones. It is thought that a disturbance to the sympathetic nervous system is responsible for this condition. The condition occurs most commonly after myocardial infarction. Also known as RSD (reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome), causalgia, shoulder-hand syndrome See reflex sympathetic dystrophy.

reflex sympathetic dystrophy

Persistent pain of an extremity after prolonged autonomic nervous system stimulation.
Clinical findings
Dysaesthesia, pain, swelling of an extremity with trophic skin changes, hypertrichosis, osteoporosis.
Acute MI, cervical osteoporosis, CVAs, nerve injury, neurologic events, surgery, trauma.

Sympathetic block with local anaesthetics.
Sports medicine
An exaggerated response of the sympathetic nervous system to minor trauma, especially if superimposed on healing injuries.
Clinical findings
Severe, recurrent, chronic pain, affecting an entire extremity; swelling, stiffness and discolouration.

Uncertain, possibly mental stress.
Inactivity and inadequate therapy result in muscle atrophy, demineralisation and contractures.

complex regional pain syndrome

Reflex sympathic dystrophy Internal medicine A condition characterized by pain and tenderness associated with vasomotor instability, skin changes, and rapid development of bony demineralization–eg, osteoporosis often following localized trauma, stroke, or peripheral nerve injury Type CRPS Type 1–no definable nerve lesion; CRPS type 2, aka causalgia, nerve lesion is present

com·plex re·gion·al pain syn·drome

(CRPS) (kom'pleks rēj'ŭ-năl pān sin'drōm)
Diffuse persistent pain, usually in a limb, often associated with vasomotor disturbances, trophic changes, and limitation or immobility of joints; may follow local injury.

Patient discussion about complex regional pain syndrome

Q. I have an injury called CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome) I desparately need help. Had 4 surgeries-no help The pain is excruciating every second, in my left hand and arm,with no relief. I don't know where to go next or what to pursue. I've tried every pain med there is and steroidal injections and nerve stimulator implant in back, but nothing has worked. Can't believe the pain- keeps me up at night and is a killer every other second of the day. Can anyone help??? Any suggestions I may not have tried??? I am desparate for some relief. Thanks Joe

A. It really sounds like you are suffering a great deal. Have you seen a pain specialist? Have you ever tried any kinds of stronger pain medications such as narcotics? I am only suggesting them as your last option to handle pain because no one should suffer this high amount of pain. You should discuss this with you primary care physician. I would also suggest talking to someone about your level of stress, because all this pain can cause you anxiety and you may find it helpful to talk to a psychologist or psychiatrist, see if they can help with that. I don't have any suggestions about the neurological problem because it sounds like you have tried everything there is to offer.

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Complex regional pain syndrome type 1 (CRPS) is a syndrome which affects both adults and children and which leads to morbidity.
Complex regional pain syndrome is a disease of the central nervous system.
Altered central sensorimotor processing in patients with complex regional pain syndrome.
This is important because the theory underpins clinical strategies that are gaining popularity, eg, mirror therapy for phantom limb pain, complex regional pain syndrome, and stroke rehabilitation (Berthelot 2006, Karmarkar and Lieberman 2006, McCabe et al 2003, Murray et al 2006).
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a regional pain disorder (with no neural or dermatome pattern) that is not proportional in terms of time, progression or severity to the usual course of the originating injury.
The world-class rower and swimmer was 12 when a kick-about at school set off the neurological condition complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS).
Hannah Moore, 18, takes 40 pills a day and has already had 22 procedures this year for complex regional pain syndrome, which started after toenail surgery in 2012.
And how about a nun who, in addition to having rheumatoid arthritis, also had complex regional pain syndrome after foot surgery?
The ACCURATE study, which is designed to support US approval of DRG stimulation, represents the medical device industry's largest study to date to evaluate patients suffering from chronic lower limb pain associated with complex regional pain syndrome or peripheral causalgia (nerve damage); two of the many chronic pain conditions currently underserved by traditional SCS therapy.
She was diagnosed with Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) - a severe condition normally triggered by an injury.
Positive Options for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS): Self-help and Treatment" is now available for order at all major bookstores, as well as online in paperback and e-book (Kindle and Nook) formats at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other booksellers.

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