January 29, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- It may be one of the most agonizing physical diseases. The pain is more than twice as distressing as a broken bone. It is more excruciating than childbirth or having a limb amputated. The condition is reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome
(RSD), otherwise known as complex regional pain syndrome.
There is very little known about the disease; yet, researchers suspect that the disorder commences with a traumatic injury, such as a car accident
. It is estimated 50,000 people develop RSD each year. Research suggests that cause is not only neurological, but also inflammatory and related to the immune system. Some sufferers do not realize they have the disease because of the symptoms of their initial injuries.
How do I know if I suffer from RSD?
If you have suffered a traumatic injury and your symptoms do not appear to be abating as expected, RSD may be to blame. Signs or symptoms of the disorder include the following:
- Lack of mobility of affected area
- Continuous pain -- typically in a leg, hand or foot
- Sensitivity to touch or cold
- Changes in hair or nail growth
- Changes in skin temperature, color or texture
- Stiffness of the joints
- Muscle spasms or weakness
Symptoms can evolve over time. Generally, pain, swelling, redness and heightened sensitivity to cold and touch are the first signs of the disorder. Once muscle spasms begin, the disorder may be incurable. Also, RSD may spread from the source of the pain to another location in the body.
For one woman who suffers from the syndrome, applying ice to her arms or taking a shower is unbearable. Furthermore, a friendly pat on the shoulder can leave her in an unconscious state. Another victim of the disorder sleeps on her stomach with her feet dangling over her bedside. She cannot wear open-toed shoes anymore. This is the only way to avoid pain and discomfort in her affected area.
In some cases, symptoms of complex regional pain syndrome
go away with time. Treatment is most effective when started after the first appearance of symptoms. Physical and occupational therapy should be started immediately upon diagnosis. Medications may be used to help deal with the pain, including pain medicines, blood pressure medicines, steroids, bone loss medications and antidepressants.
At the moment, the cause is unknown, but it can result from an accident, sprain, fracture, stroke, heart attack or surgery. If you have been injured in an accident and you experience symptoms associated with complex regional pain syndrome, contact an experienced personal injury law attorney. If a person is responsible for your harm, you could potentially be compensated for the condition.
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