I wanted to take some time to put together some information for all you lovely people regarding CRPS.
Per The Mayo Clinic website,
Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a form of chronic pain that usually affects an arm or a leg. CRPS typically develops after an injury, a surgery, a stroke or a heart attack. The pain is out of proportion to the severity of the initial injury.
I have heard that CRPS is the most painful condition known to man.
“The cause of Complex regional pain syndrome isn’t clearly understood. Treatment is most effective when started early. In such cases, improvement and even remission are possible.”
Below is an info graphic all about CRPS. Lots of good information in there!
Signs and symptoms of complex regional pain syndrome include:
- Continuous burning or throbbing pain, usually in your arm, leg, hand or foot
- Sensitivity to touch or cold
- Swelling of the painful area
- Changes in skin temperature — alternating between sweaty and cold
- Changes in skin color, ranging from white and mottled to red or blue
- Changes in skin texture, which may become tender, thin or shiny in the affected area
- Changes in hair and nail growth
- Joint stiffness, swelling and damage
- Muscle spasms, tremors, weakness and loss (atrophy)
- Decreased ability to move the affected body part
If complex regional pain syndrome isn’t diagnosed and treated early, the disease may progress to more-disabling signs and symptoms. These may include:
- Tissue wasting (atrophy). Your skin, bones and muscles may begin to deteriorate and weaken if you avoid or have trouble moving an arm or a leg because of pain or stiffness.
- Muscle tightening (contracture). You also may experience tightening of your muscles. This may lead to a condition in which your hand and fingers or your foot and toes contract into a fixed position.
There are several different treatments that are being explored for CRPS. Some of these include pain medication (OTC and prescription), antidepressants/anticonvulsants (Gabapentin, Lyrica, ect.), Ketamine infusions, and spinal cord stimulators just to name a few. Each person affected by CRPS responds to treatment differently.
I’m happy to answer any questions that anyone may have regarding CRPS and how it affects my daily living.