Both fibromyalgia and reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), which is also known chronic regional pain syndrome (CRPS), are chronic disorders that are often poorly understood. These conditions aren’t as widely discussed as other mainstream medical conditions. As a consequence, there are many myths and misunderstandings surrounding both conditions.
Fibromyalgia and RSD/CRPS are Newly Discovered Diseases
No. Both conditions were first recognized in the 19th century, but they have had a variety of names. Fibromyalgia, for example, was first described in the 1800s under the name of “muscular rheumatism.” Over the next century or so, it was also called neurasthenia, fibrositis, and myalgia. The current name was adopted in 1976. RSD/CRPS was first described during the Civil War and has also been mentioned in the literature under several different titles.