Complex regional pain syndrome is a challenging condition that is not only unknown to many, but also misunderstood. It can persist for years, and while treatment is available, a cure is not. Usually presenting itself after an injury or a trauma, CRPS is characterized by a surprising amount of pain and discomfort in comparison to the event that caused it.
If you have been in a car accident recently, you may have received other injuries but did not realize at first that you were also experiencing CRPS. It is important to report any symptoms to your doctor as soon as possible because treatment is much more effective for CRPS if it is caught in the initial stages. Symptoms generally include pain and burning, along with:
- Stiffness of joints
- Limited mobility in the affected area, as well as the possibility of atrophy
- Skin sensitivity
- Changes to skin, not only in temperature but also color and texture
Experts at the Mayo Clinic state that there are two different types of CRPS. Type one may also be referred to as reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome (RSD). This is the most common type, affecting most who suffer from CRPS, and occurring after a trauma or sickness that was not centered in the symptomatic limb or area. Type two is usually due to direct damage to the nerve.
Without medical help, CRPS can continue to escalate in severity. Treatments (which must be specific to the individual) range from anticonvulsants and steroids to different types of therapy. The condition can be exaggerated further though if you are under stress—and that is to be expected if your initial trauma was a car accident caused by the negligence of others. Normal activities may not be possible, or may be constricted, and you may be worried about how to adjust your life to CRPS.
Living in pain and discomfort can cause enormous stress alone, but you may be experiencing emotional stress and anxiety caused by a disturbance in your finances as you are unable to go back to work either temporarily or even permanently. Medical bills can pile up quickly, and you may feel like you have nowhere to turn. If your condition has been caused by an accident due to the negligence of others, consult with an experienced CRPS attorney as soon as possible to see that you receive the compensation you are owed.
The attorneys at Heintz & Becker have helped victims from Bradenton, Sarasota, and all over Florida get compensation for their damages and medical expenses. Call us for a free consultation now at 941-748-2916 or contact us online. We are here to help!
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