Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

If you have been diagnosed with complex regional pain syndrome chances are you have no idea what you have. Typically, this condition causes chronic muscle pain and other pain symptoms in your arms and legs.

This is a very mysterious and complex condition that can be difficult to diagnose and understand. This condition is somewhat similar to myofascial pain syndrome but there are some distinct differences.

What is Complex regional Pain Syndrome?
This chronic condition typically affects you between the ages of 40 and 60. This uncommon condition typically affects your arms and legs but in rare cases it may affect other parts of your body. This condition causes an intense burning and aching in the affected area, along with swelling, discoloration sweating, increased sensitivity.

What are the Symptoms of CRPS?
If you have complex regional pain syndrome you will have a chronic muscle pain that is an intense burning pain, but you may have some other symptoms as well. The symptoms you have are often directly related to the stage you are in. In stage one you will begin to experience severe pain in one of your limbs.

This will be immediately followed by swelling, sensitivity to touch and temperature. Your skin will also begin to change by drying and thinning. This stage lasts anywhere from one to three months.

During stage two of this syndrome you will begin to experience chronic muscle pain that makes your muscles and joints feel stiff. In addition to this, during stage two your swelling will spread and your skin will begin to change color and texture.

Once you have reached stage three the movement in your limbs will be affected and you will have skin damage that is permanent. In addition to this, you will experience severe atrophy of the muscles and nearby toes or fingers.

What Causes Complex Regional Pain Syndrome?
There are two types of CRPS. Type one occurs most frequently after you have experienced an illness or injury that did not cause direct nerve damage. Type two occurs after a direct injury to the nerves. The majority of people with this condition have type one.

Generally this condition begins after a blunt trauma to the affected area, like a gunshot wound or explosion injury. However, it can also occur after bone fracture, infection, heart attack, and surgery. Unfortunately, experts have little knowledge of why this disorder occurs.

How is CRPS Treated?
There are many different treatment methods used to improve your quality of life when you are affected by this condition. Doctors use a variety of medications including pain relievers, anticonvulsants, corticosteriods. COX-2 inhibitors and bone loss medications.

They may also recommend therapies like hot/cold compresses, topical analgesics, physical therapy, biofeedback, electrical nerve stimulation, and spinal cord stimulation.

Now that you know how complex regional pain syndrome differs from myofascial pain syndrome you probably understand why you are suffering from its symptoms.

It is important to know that it is entirely possible for you to see a significant improvement or altogether elimination of your symptoms with proper treatment.

Now that you have a proper diagnosis your doctor can begin treating you so that you will be on the road to recovery sooner than you once thought. 

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