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Understanding Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD/CRPS) and its Treatment

Understanding Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD/CRPS) and its Treatment.

If you’ve ever injured your arm or leg, you’ll be familiar with the sharp, often agonizing pain of the initial damage, which then becomes more of a burning sensation. The two kinds of pain originate from separate parts of your nervous system; the sharp pain from the fast pain fibers, and then the burning pain from the sympathetic nerve fibers. As the initial pain starts to ease and healing begins, the injury will be tender and feel bruised, but the initial sharp and burning pain should subside. If the burning sensation carries on, however, it could be due to Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), which is also known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).

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The Weather And Musculoskeletal Pain

Can you forecast the rain with your pain? Does the weather affect your musculoskeletal pain? Chances are you have weather sensitive pain.Can You Forecast The Weather With Your Pain?

It’s the kind of thing you probably heard your grandparents say: “There’s rain coming, I can feel it in my joints.” It sounds like the kind of claim that can safely be filed under “Old Wives’ Tales”, but clinical studies of weather sensitive pain have shown that people with several chronic pain conditions are able to predict changes in the weather quite accurately.

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I Have RSD, but It Does Not Have Me

When you sprain an ankle, first you feel a sharp electric pain, and then you feel a burning pain. The sharp pain comes from the fast sensory pain fiber, and the slow onset, longer lasting burning pain is transmitted by the sympathetic nerve fiber. Normally, the burning pain stops over time. If it does not, you may have something referred to as reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD)-also called chronic regional pain syndrome (CRPS).

What is RSD?

RSD is a chronic pain syndrome of the sympathetic nervous system. It usually follows an identifiable event, such as a fracture, torn ligament or crush injury. There are different levels of sympathetic pain and RSD/CRPS is classically reserved for the most severe forms but both erms are used loosely to help describe a wide array of cold or weather sensitive pain syndromes.

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