Complex Regional Pain Syndrome is not all that common and is not very well understood when someone is suffering with the syndrome.
What is Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)?
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome is a rare type of continual pain in which elevated levels of nerve signals are transmitted to the affected area. CRPS normally affects an upper or lower limb, but can also happen in a finger or toe.
How does CRPS transpire?
CRPS occurs after there is some sort of trauma to an area, but the pain is more severe than the actual injury itself. CRPS happens as a result of confusion with a person’s central or peripheral nervous systems.
Who gets CRPS?
Anyone can develop this syndrome, but it is most commonly found in people between twenty and thirty years old. It is usually also found in women more than men and sometimes in children.
What are the symptoms of CRPS?
Continuous burning or agonizing pain, joint stiffness and swelling, the affected area could become increasingly sensitive to touch or cold. The limb or digit’s skin could become hypersensitive as well. Unfortunately, the extreme chronic pain usually gets worse rather than better as time progresses.
Is there more than one type of CRPS?
Yes, there are two types of CRPS. Type one is also known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome, this type materializes after trauma or an illness, but does not exactly damage the nerves in the affected area. Type two also known as Causalgia, which is due to a direct injury to a nerve.
Is there a cure for CRPS?
No, there is no cure currently for this condition, so the main goal is for the patient to seek treatment that will help relieve the pain that is connected with the syndrome.
What kind of treatment is recommended?
Most patients start with medications, such as narcotics, steroids, antidepressant medications, etc. Eventually, physical therapy will play a role as the goal is to keep the limb or digit moving so the stiffness does not set in as much. There are other treatments, such as a sympathetic nerve block, which is where an anesthetic is positioned next to the spine to block the sympathetic nerves.