What is CRPS?

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome or CRPS is a nerve condition. Complex Regional Pain Syndrome is also known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy or RSD.

What is CRPS?

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome or CRPS is a nerve condition. Complex Regional Pain Syndrome is also known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy or RSD. 

How do you get CRPS/RSD?

In short, no one knows just how you develop CRPS. However, many people develop CRPS after an injury or surgery.

How does CRPS affect your body?

When a normal person becomes injured the nerves can send pain signals to your brain which lets you know when you get hurt. Instead of a normal injury that only hurts for a few days or weeks, when a nerve becomes affected by Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, it sends the pain signals over and over again. The part that makes the pain so bad, is instead of sending signals for a simple pain such as a twisted ankle, the nerves send pain signals for injuries that are much worse. 

What do these pain signals feel like?

When I twisted my ankle, I thought the pain would go away in a few days. 2 months later I could barely walk. 4 years later, I’m still in pain. I will go into more details about the symptoms in my next post but imagine your affected area feeling about 1,000 times worse than it should. 

What areas can be affected?

In short, most people experience CRPS or RSD in their limbs. 

Can CRPS be in multiple places?

Yes! So many people have experienced CRPS/RSD spreads!

What causes CRPS/RSD spreads?

While some people don’t know what caused their spread, many people can find an incident related to it spreading. For me it was twisting my “good” ankle. Immediately, I had a feeling it spread. Others have had a surgery that made it spread. Occasionally, people have had no real cause for their CRPS to spread. 

How is CRPS diagnosed?

There is no true test to diagnose CRPS/RSD. Because I developed mine because of an injury, my doctors had a hard time knowing if it was physical damage pain or nerve pain. They did a sympathetic nerve block. Because the nerve block worked and stopped my pain they decided it was CRPS. The diagnosis came because of a combination of symptoms I described and the nerve block working. There is a Budapest Criteria for diagnosing CRPS though.

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