Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is challenging for many reasons. The pain and suffering associated with this condition are the most difficult part for the approximately 200,000 individuals in the US who have CRPS. Along with that also comes significant difficulty in diagnosing the disease, as well as treating it. The timeline for CRPS tends to be unique in comparison to other illnesses, along with its causes.
Usually occurring as a result of trauma—and often these are car crashes or motorcycle accidents or surgeries—CRPS shows up after an initial injury that may have seemed fairly mild; for example, a sprained ankle may seem to heal, but afterward the individual may have begun to experience a variety of unusual symptoms, to include varying ranges of pain. Symptoms often affect the skin near the affected limb, and it may become so sensitive that even the slightest amount of contact may be painful. The skin may change colors, feel cold or sweaty, and may swell. Other limbs may become affected too.
Diagnosis usually occurs after other illnesses have been ruled out with testing. And although specific testing is not available for CRPS, medical professionals may use MRIs, CTs, and bone scans while diagnosing the condition. Milder medications may be prescribed such as over-the counter pain relievers, but depending on the individual, stronger pain relievers may be required as well as corticosteroids, intensive physical therapy, and more.
Mobility may be seriously hindered for some with CRPS, with muscle spasms, seizures, and dystonia—involving muscles that are left in an abnormal and fixed position. CRPS can cause an individual to feel like their life has been taken over by pain, also causing serious depression. Patients may feel afraid to go out or pursue activities due to the unpredictable nature of the condition, and muscles may begin to atrophy as a result. As they embark on a tough adjustment period, doctors may recommend that patients see a therapist or a support group as well as consider taking antidepressants to help them deal with the difficulty of chronic symptoms and pain. Learning relaxation techniques are often helpful to CRPS sufferers as well.
Were you in an accident due to the negligence of others that triggered CRPS? If so, please call Heintz & Becker today to consult with a skilled CRPS lawyer. Our attorneys 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, and if you cannot come to us, we will come to you.
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