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Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and Its Symptoms

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Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and Its Symptoms

When it comes to chronic pain, nothing seems to compare to a condition known as complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). This chronic pain is known to occur following the injuring of a body limb. It is identified by pain that is lengthy and can alter the affected area’s temperature and color.

There are two known types of CRPS. The first is CRPS-I, which is classified as not having any confirmed injury to the nerves. The second type is CRPS-II and involves a tissue injury that has been confirmed to cause the CRPS. Regardless of the two types of CRPS being different, the kind of treatment provided is the same.

The symptoms of CRPS change in the amount of time it occurs and intensity. A lot of times, the symptoms experienced are faint and dissipate eventually. However, in more acute cases, recovery may never happen, thus causing permanent disability.

Who Is Prone to Experience CRPS?

CRPS occurs more commonly in the female population, although the condition can develop in anybody. CRPS is rarely experienced by elderly individuals and children ten years old and younger.

What Symptoms do CRPS Sufferers Experience?

The symptom most often experienced is pain that is continuous and lasts for an extended period. Many sufferers have characterized their pain as being a sensation of burning or squeezing. The pain may also radiate throughout the limb regardless of the injury being localized to a finger, hand, toes, or foot. The pain also continues even after the healing. Some cases have even reported that the pain jumps to their other limbs. Some sufferers have also experienced an amount of painful skin sensitivity called allodynia.

CRPS sufferers have also reported a variation in their skin’s color and temperature, as well as their limbs, feeling swollen. When this symptom occurs, it is due to poor circulation caused by the underlining nerve damage. Because of this damage, the person’s limb will either be colder or warmer than the other extremity. When the skin color changes, it can turn red, purple, blue, pale, or even blotchy.

Less frequent CRPS symptoms involve a change in the texture of the skin, unusual sweating, joint stiffness, muscle coordination is off, causing immobility of the affected limb, unusual extremity movement, dystonia, and occasional uncontrollable leg twitching or spasm.