RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy) or CRPS (Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome) is believed to be an autonomic dysfunction and failure in the healing process that causes inflammation, pain, swelling and a host of issues that are difficult to treat and often take years to diagnose.
In most cases of RSD, the genesis of the syndrome is an injury that seems like it should heal fairly quickly. (Type 1). It can be something as simple as a broken bone but the body for one reason or another goes into overdrive and sends the blood to the area even after the injury has healed. This overreaction then becomes the overriding problem. The bone heals but then the patient is left with a host of problems infinitely more difficult and painful than the initial injury.
But, in some cases (like mine), RSD originates with a definitive nerve injury (Type 2). While the two types have similar symptoms, this is not the case of the body not healing itself. Type 2 is a case where the nervous system has been affected by nervy injury. The nervous system is permanently damaged so that it chronically overreacts to stimuli. This overreaction causes intense pain, swelling, temperature changes, skin color changes, inflammation and many other symptoms that prevent a person from leading a normal and active life.
This pain process becomes cyclical and takes on a life of its own causing other issues for the patient, including other physical ailments and, often, severe distress due to the realization that they aren’t healing and probably will never get better. Those of us who have it know how difficult it is for doctors to treat us.
This annoyed me. I was taking massive amounts of narcotics with little effect. Not all at once! That makes me sound like i was breaking the law. They were prescribed to me but also they did not work that well. Thanks to family support and especially the introduction of Traditional Chinese Medicine, I found ways to live without pain medications. I want to share that information and hope to learn from you as well.
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