The most common symptoms of RSD include:
- Severe burning pain
- Pathological changes to bone and/or skin
- Excessive sweating
- Excessive tissue swelling
- Extreme sensitivity to touch in the affected area
- Movement disorders (i.e. tremors, spasms, hyper reflexes, difficulty with movement)
- Frequent infections
- Recurrent migraine headaches
According to the Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association of America, RSD spreads to other parts of the body in 70% of reported cases.
Medical professionals recognize two RSD subgroups: Type I and Type II. This distinction is based on the treating physician’s ability to identify an underlying nerve injury.
In Type I cases, the individual suffered no specific underlying nerve injury.
In Type II (sometimes called causalgia), there was a distinct major nerve injury at the start of the condition.
Several different treatments are available for victims of RSD. If you believe you may suffer from this condition, you should seek treatment immediately from a competent physician. Treatment options include medication, physical therapy, psychological support, pain management support, sympathetic nerve blocks, sympathectomy, dorsal column stimulator, and other possible approaches to combating the disease. Even if treated early and properly, the disease may be chronic and the pain may worsen.
RSD is not a psychological condition. Cases may range from mild to severe, but the pain is very real. The Social Security Administration recognizes RSD as a potentially disabling disease.
If you or a loved one suffers from Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), contact us as soon as possible.
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