CRPS or complex regional pain syndrome, also called RSD or reflex sympathetic dystrophy, causalgia, AMPS or amplified musculoskeletal pain syndrome, or RND, reflex neurovascular dystrophy, is a chronic health condition that typically affects the person’s leg or arm but could, in rare cases, also affect other body parts. CRPS involves autonomic disturbances following a physical traumatic incident that persist even if the provoking injury seems to have healed.
Common Causes of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
The exact causes of CRPS are not yet completely understood. Some people develop it, while others who suffered similar physical simply don’t. What’s clear however is that it’s prompted by an evident history of injury or trauma, with the most common triggers including:
- Sprains and fractures
- Heart attacks
- Forceful and significant trauma to the torso, feet, legs, arms, hands, and fingers
In most cases, CRPS could affect one or all four limbs, but could also impact other body parts, as in 70% of cases. Those who suffer from CRPS say that the pain is intense and constant, with an intensity that’s not proportionate to the original trauma. It is often characterized by varying degrees of burning chronic or constant pain, inflammation, skin blotting, spasms, sweating, memory disruptions, insomnia, confusion, irritability, hypersensitivity to sound, touch, and vibrations, as well as migraines, muscle weakness, and even bone loss.
What to Do if you’re a Victim of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
CPRS is one of those conditions that often a result of another individual’s negligence, most commonly traumas caused by motorcycle or vehicle accidents, injuries in the workplace like falls, slips, violence, or machine-related accidents, and medical malpractice, said an attorney experienced in complex regional pain syndrome cases.
Treating CRPS is no joke — it’s ongoing and could be extremely costly, with some procedures reaching the hundred thousand mark. These financial requirements could then create more anxiety, which could then aggravate your CRPS symptoms. That said, you would need an experienced lawyer who will help make solid cases against the individual or entity responsible for your CRPS and ensure that you get proper compensation for your condition.