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Understanding complex regional pain syndrome

Complex regional pain syndrome is a long standing pain condition that most usually affects a single arm, leg, hand and foot commonly arising after an injury. Complex regional pain syndrome is considered to be caused by damage to or the malfunction of the peripheral and central nervous system. The central nervous system consists of the brain and the spinal cord, the peripheral nervous system involves nerves communicating from the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body, complex regional pain is identified by chronic and non tolerable pain and changes in the skin color, temperature and swelling in the affected area. The symptoms of complex regional pain syndrome may vary in severity and duration, however, some in some cases it can be easily  handled. In severe cases the pain can be debilitating and persistent

Who can get affected from complex regional pain syndrome?

The complex regional pain is more observed among women, however, there is no restriction of age, it can be complained at any age even at the age of 40. Complex regional pain is occasionally  among the elderly and among the children under 10 and the is not observed among the children under age 5

Symptoms of complex regional pain syndrome

The major symptom that distinguishes complex regional pain syndrome is the chronic pain that may be constant, it can be expressed as the burning and pricking sensation or as if the affected leg is being squeezed. The pain may spread to the whole arm or leg, even though the injury might only involve a finger or toe, in very rare cases the pain can sometimes even spread to opposite hands and feet. The affected area is often highly sensitive and when comes in contact with the skin may become painful. The above symptoms can   be the result of extraordinary damage to nerves that are responsible for blood circulation and temperature that can be warmer or cooler, the skin may change color become blotchy, blue, purple, pale or red

Other common symptoms of complex regional pain syndrome include;

  • Changes in skin texture on the affected area; it may appear shiny and thin
  • Abnormal sweating pattern in the affected area or surrounding areas
  • Changes in nail and hair growth patterns
  • Stiffness in affected joints
  • Problems coordinating muscle movement, with decreased ability to move the affected body part
  • Abnormal movement in the affected limb

Recommended treatments

The following treatments are often recommended;

  • Rehabilitation and physical therapy
  • Psychotherapy
  • Medications
  • Sympathetic nerve block
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Other types of neural stimulation
  • Intrathecal drug pumps.

In case you or any of your loved one is suffering from complex regional pain syndrome and looking for a safe and cost-effective treatment, get a professional advice from Dr. Zaki Anwar by placing an appointment at 815-464-7212. He is a world renowned Pain Medicine Physician who has been practicing regenerative injection therapies for the past several years with remarkable results.