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CRPS Pain Relief: Learn More to Avoid Being Misdiagnosed

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CRPS stands for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. It may also be referred to as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome. It is a condition of chronic pain. CRPS affects your nerves, sending pain signals to the brain that may be caused by a malfunction in your central or peripheral nervous systems.


Do you have these symptoms?

  • Extreme sensitivity to touch. This may also include sensitivity to sound, wind, and temperature as all can trigger flare-ups for extreme pain.
  • Spasms. This can be caused in blood vessels and muscles of the extremities.
  • Inflammation. Change in the appearance of your skin with bruising, shiny skin, blotchy or pale skin with tiny red dots, or swollen limbs.
  • Excessive Sweating. This includes sweating too much or not sweating at all. It’s very common to have both extremes come and go.
  • Memory Problems and Emotional Disturbance. Forgetfulness, cognitive impairment, depressive thoughts are common symptoms.
  • Pain and discoloration spreading to other body parts. It is common for CRPS to spread to nearby areas of the body. For example, if you have CRPS in your shin, it may spread to your feet or ankles.

Find the Right Doctor


Be sure to receive a referral from your primary care physician to talk to a pain specialist. Many patients who have CRPS spend years trying to find the correct diagnosis and treatment plan to manage their pain. It will be important to find a pain management clinic that specializes or has a successful history or treating CRPS.


Treating CRPS for Pain Relief


Talk to your physician about appropriate medications that may help reduce your symptoms. Nerve blocks have also been successful in treating CRPS; however, they may not provide on-going or long term relief. For long term pain relief with CRPS, ask your doctor about spinal cord nerve stimulation therapy. Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) therapy uses safe electrical pulses to block pain signals from reaching the brain.

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