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Signs of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and CRPS Treatment

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome was previously known as RSD. Moreover, its type 2 is causalgia which corresponds to type 1 except the fact that it is caused by a nerve lesion. As a result of a research, it is considered that CRPS type 1 is caused by nerve damage. In the wake of a recent discovery, it is stated that Complex Regional Pain Syndrome type 1 and 2 are not any more relevant since four subtypes (four sorts) have been found.

As per the research further names include:

  • Causalgia
  • Algodystrophy
  • Postraumatic Dystrophy
  • Sudeck’s Atrophy
  • Shoulder-Hand Syndrome
  • MorbusSudeck

Additionally, the four subtypes are:

  • Acute
  • Chronic
  • Warm and Cold

Despite the fact that it is more common in women, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome can happen in anybody at any age, with a greatest at age 40. On the other hand, not many children under the age of ten and around no children under the age of five are influenced.

Symptoms of CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome)

There may a constant pain in the key symptom. It has been depicted as:

  • Burning
  • Pins and needles

Or as somebody was pressing the affected limb.It may also depict that the pain may spread to the whole arm or leg, despite the fact that the injury may have just included a finger or toe. In uncommon cases, pain can in some cases even travel to the opposing extremity. There is often expanded feeling in the affected part, identified as allodynia, in which usual contact with the skin is felt as extremely painful.

Individuals with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome likewise feel changes in:

  • Skin temperature
  • Skin Color
  • Or swelling of the affected limb

This is because of strange microcirculation affected by harm to the nerves controlling blood flow and temperature. Accordingly, an affected arm or leg may feel hotter or cooler contrasted with the contrary limb. In addition, the skin on the affected limb may change:

  • Color
  • Become Blotchy, Blue, Purple, Pale, or Red

Following are further features of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome:

  • There may be a change in skin texture on the affected area; as a result, it might seem shiny and thin.
  • There may be an irregular sweating pattern in the affected area or encompassing areas.
  • There may be changes in nail and hair development pattern.
  • There may be stiffness in affected joints.
  • You may feel difficulties coordinating muscle movement, with diminished capacity to move the affected part.
  • You may feel abnormal movement in the affected limb; most often fixed abnormal posture (also known as dystonia) yet in addition tremors in or jerking of the limb.

Treatment Options for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)

  • Drug Therapy:
  1. Opioids
  2. Muscle Relaxants
  3. Local or Systemic Corticosteroids
  4. Tranquillizers
  5. Analgesics
  6. Anti-Inflammatories
  7. Tricyclics and related compounds
  8. Alpha-Adrenergic and Beta Blockers
  9. Calcium Channel Blockers
  10. Membrane Stabilizers
  • Rehabilitation & Physical Therapy
  • Psychotherapy