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is reinjury of diff. body part with RSD, CRPS able to heal on it's own over time if patient is careful not to reinjur it again if so how long should healing take?

By Anonymous May 3, 2013 - 2:35am
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i've had reflex sympathetic dystrophy since August of 1997. over that time i've fallen n had reinjuries in diff. places on my body and now have no probs with it. however i have pinched nerve on my lumbar L4 L5 region n it still hasn't healed i continue to have injections. the RSD however began with surgery on left knee from n old softball injury when i was a kid. i would continue to have flareups that would clearup till the next time i'd bend, turn a certain way whatever n it would cause it to feel as though i had sprang it again. it was the primary surgery that did the lt. knee; thanx linda

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Hello Anonymous,

Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD ) is now called complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). CRPS is a condition of intense burning pain, stiffness, swelling, and discoloration that most often affects the hand. Arms, legs, and feet can also be affected by CRPS.

There are two types of CRPS:

Type 1 occurs after an illness or injury that did not directly damage a nerve in the affected area
Type 2 follows a distinct nerve injury

Symptoms most commonly occur after injury or surgery. Other causes include pressure on a nerve, infection, cancer, neck problems, stroke, or heart attack.

Early diagnosis and treatment are important in order to prevent CRPS from developing into the later stages. It is treatable with medications, biofeedback, physical therapy and surgical treatment.

Work with your physician to find the best treatment option for you.



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