RSD/CRPS and Neuropathic Pain
Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), which is also known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) Type I, is a chronic condition characterized by severe “burning pain,” swelling and changes in the skin. It usually affects an arm or leg and typically develops after an injury, surgery, stroke or heart attack, although there may be no obvious previous event. The pain is typically not proportionate to the severity of the injury.
Symptoms include burning pain; joint swelling and stiffness; sensitivity to the touch; swelling in the arm or leg; decreased ability to move the affected body part; rapid or no growth in nails and hair. Changes in skin temperature may occur and skin color may become blotchy, pale, purple or red. The texture of skin also can change, becoming shiny and thin. People with CRPS may have excessively sweaty skin.