Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome, RSDS, is now referred to as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, CRPS.
Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic pain condition.
CRPS is a progressive disease of the Autonomic Nervous System whose pain is characterized as constant, extremely intense, and out of proportion to the original injury. The pain is typically accompanied by swelling, skin changes, sensitivity, and can often be debilitating. It usually affects one or more of the four limbs but can occur in any part of the body.
The key symptom of CRPS is continuous, intense pain out of proportion to the severity of the injury, which gets worse rather than better over time. CRPS most often affects one of the arms, legs, hands, or feet.
Often the pain spreads to include the entire arm or leg. Typical features include dramatic changes in the color and temperature of the skin over the affected limb or body part, accompanied by intense burning pain, skin sensitivity, sweating, and swelling.
The Main Symptoms/Criteria of CRPS:
1) Constant chronic burning pain (includes allodynia - extreme sensitivity to touch, sound, and vibration)
2) Inflammation (this can affect the appearance of the skin, bruising, mottling, etc.)
3) Spasms-in blood vessels and muscles of the extremities
4) Insomnia/Emotional Disturbance (includes the major changes to the limbic system such as short-term memory problems, concentration difficulties, etc.)
CRPS is ranked as the most painful form of chronic pain that exists by the McGill Pain Index.
There are many additional symptoms that can also occur. Not all patients will have all symptoms.
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