This is the time of year when thoughts turn to scary movies and costumes for a frightful Halloween. If you really want a scare, investigate a disease called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), formerly known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD).

pumpkinsWhile most injuries leading to CRPS/RSD are crush injuries, the disease is unpredictable. It can be cured if treated soon enough but most doctors are unable to diagnose it and after 6 months, you’re stuck with it.

imagine stepping off a curb wrong and suffering a bad sprain only to learn that the sprain is now an incurable neurological disease. It can happen.

On the McGill Pain Index, CRPS/RSD rates near 50 – ahead of amputation of a digit, non-terminal cancer, childbirth, and fractures.

CRPS/RSD is a devastating combination of sensitivity, ulcers, constant pain, swelling,  and temperature change. The most mild contact delivers extreme pain. It affects your sleep and the drain on your pain tolerance levels you exhausted.

On the McGill Pain Index, CRPS/RSD rates near 50 – ahead of amputation of a digit, non-terminal cancer, childbirth, and fractures.

The best way to stop this horrible disease is through education of our medical providers and the public in general. Fast treatment may save you from enduring everlasting pain.

So this Halloween, read a scary story or two regarding CRPS/RSD. It may save you from a lifetime of never-ending pain.

 

 

 

 

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