Combat CRPS, enjoy quality life

Complex regional pain syndrome is a condition of severe burning pain, stiffness, swelling and hyperpigmentation that usually affects the hand, arms, legs and feet can also Be afflicted by the CRPS.

Overview

There are two sorts of CRPS

  • The one that develops after an illness or severe injury that doesn’t directly harms a nerve in the injured area
  • The other occurs after a notable nerve injury

Though the symptoms may vary,  but both sorts of CRPS have the similar common symptoms and endure the same three stages of development of disease

Stage I:

Acute

The stage may last up to 3 months. Excruciating pain and inflammation are the most reported yet the foremost symptoms of CRPS. The pain is dissimilar to pain from a common injury and is more chronic, than the expected injury. Swelling and stiffness in the joints usually accompanied with increased temperature and redness in the influenced limb. There may be quicker than usual hair and nail growth and u may experience excessive sweating

Stage II:

 Dystrophic

The second stage of developing CRPS can last up to 3 to 12 months.swelling  remain and the skin wrinkles are completely vanished. The temperature of your skin drops. Finger nails become fragile. Pain spreads in the surrounding area, stiffness increases and the affected area become highly sensitive to touch

Stage III:

Atrophic

The stage occurs after a year of persisting CRPS. The skin of the affected area becomes pale, dry, firmly stretched and shiny. The area is immobile and there are less chances of getting the flexibility back. The pain may decrease, but the ailment of CRPS spread to other areas of the body

What is the cause of CRPS?

Though both the types of CRPS can be knotted to injury or illness, the exact cause of CRPS is still not yet defined. Triggers most commonly seen after injury or surgery. Other, upbringings may include pinched nerves, infection, cancer, neck problems, stroke and heart attack

Diagnosis

There is not a single test that can help you diagnose the CRPS. Some imaging studies such as X-rays, bone scans and MRI can help your physician make a precise diagnosis

Treatment

Early diagnosis and treatment is important in order to prevent CRPS from developing into the later stages. It is also crucial that these patients must not be told that the pain is affecting them psychologically yet is a physical condition. Some of us don’t understand, but the CRPS is treatable

 

Nonsurgical Treatment

There are a wide variety of non surgical treatments which include

Medications. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), oral Corticosteroids, anti-depressants, blood pressure medications, anti-Convulsants, and Opioid analgesics

Injection therapy and physical therapy