The name of CRPS is a quick, easy way to explain what it is to those who have never heard of the syndrome. You can print out these handy cards to pass out when someone asks for more information about CRPS.
Complex means that physicians do not know why it develops or what causes it and there is no known cure. In spite of research, little is still actually known about the condition. They do know that it is a malfunction of part of the nervous system. Nerves misfire, sending constant pain signals to the brain. It develops in response to an event the body regards as traumatic. This syndrome may follow 5% of all nerve injuries, but can also be caused by a seemingly minor injury, such as a sprain.
Regional means that it is usually contained to one section of nerves or one section of the body, in my case, the left arm. Though it is usually regional, it can spread to other parts of the body, including the opposite arm, legs, trunks, neck, or even head.
Pain seems pretty obvious, but CRPS pain is unique, it is said to be the most painful chronic pain syndrome, even more painful than cancer. Patients with CRPS often describe their pain as burning, throbbing, aching stabbing, sharp, tingling, and/or crushing. Extreme sensitivity to even light tough or vibrations and heightened reaction to things that cause pain are also common in patients.
Syndrome indicates that CRPS doesn’t just cause pain, but other symptoms as well. It can cause problems with memory, concentration, attention, and word recollection. The pain often makes it difficult to sleep, and insomnia or lack of deep sleep is common with CRPS, which complicates concentration further. Some other symptoms may include swelling, abnormal skin color changes, skin temperature, sweating, limited range of movement, or movement disorders
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