complex regional pain syndrome
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reflex sympathetic dystrophyNeurology
Persistent pain of an extremity after prolonged autonomic nervous system stimulation.
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.
An exaggerated response of the sympathetic nervous system to minor trauma, especially if superimposed on healing injuries.
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 syndromeReflex 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)
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