CRPS May Develop After a Heart Attack

Complex regional pain syndrome is an insidious disease, creeping up on patients after they consider themselves to have done the work in healing, and are hoping to move on with their lives after a trauma. Nerve damage is usually caused by an event such as a car accident or possibly even a medical procedure as simple as a needle stick. Other health conditions can trigger it later too, including stroke or heart attack.

There are two types of CRPS currently, although some organizations have discussed doing away with such separation and only having one category for complex regional pain syndrome overall. This chronic pain usually develops in what is labeled Type One, initially affecting the nerves without the patient knowing, as there may not be a direct impact. This is the type of CRPS that affects almost all patients suffering from the condition (around 90 percent of them). And Type Two, also known as causalgia, may have similar symptoms, but with very clear damage to the nerves. In Type One, the patient is usually very surprised to find themselves with symptoms that can be debilitating and can make their lives somewhat unbearable.

CRPS patients may experience very abnormal symptoms at first, to include burning and inflammation of the skin, including discoloration, or even blue and pink tinges topically. Their skin may be so sensitive that just a light breeze is agonizing, or the touch of someone brushing up against them accidentally. Other symptoms of CRPS are issues with mobility, stiffness in the joints, and swelling. Those suffering from CRPS may often feel alternately sweaty or cold and clammy, may experience overall weakness, muscle spasms, and they may be in such pain upon walking or moving that they become reluctant to do so at all.

Atrophy of the muscles is not uncommon, along with other uncomfortable conditions like dystonia, where the fingers or toes are fixed in a twisted or unnatural position. If CRPS is diagnosed (not always an easy feat!) and then treated early, the outcome is usually better. While over-the-counter medicines, opioids, anticonvulsants, anti-seizure medicines, or corticosteroids may be prescribed, numerous different types of physical and alternative therapy may have a positive effect too.

Did you experience a trauma 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.

All blogs are written on behalf of Heintz & Becker for informational purposes. These articles should not, however, be considered legal advice, or in any way responsible for creating an attorney/client relationship.

 

CRPS: Healing Through Mirror Therapy

Car accidents may yield an unfortunate range of injuries—and in many cases not just one. You may feel lucky to have escaped with your life after a car wreck or motorcycle crash, but the repercussions may still be debilitating. While fatalities are sometimes the tragic result of motor vehicle accidents, a wide range of injuries can occur. You may sustain minor wounds such as bruises and contusions or sprains, or more serious issues like broken bones, spinal issues or even paralysis, concussion or traumatic brain injury, facial fractures, amputation, or harm to the soft tissue.

Even if injuries are minor, however, and even if they have healed, you could be in for more pain later due to nerve issues or even serious damage. Complex regional pain syndrome only affects about 200,000 individuals in the US, and while for some patients it is only mild or temporary, for others it can be extremely painful, debilitating, and chronic. Car accidents may be the cause of CRPS in some cases because of the amount of trauma experienced. An arm or leg may have been sprained or broken but assumed to be resolved after a suitable amount of time for healing.

CRPS may not only be extremely surprising to the patient, but doctors may be hard pressed to diagnose it at first, being required to rule out other diseases and conditions since there is no specific test for CRPS. Treatment can be hit and miss too at first, depending on the severity of the pain. The patient may be prescribed something as simple as over-the-counter medications, or they may require opioids, corticosteroids, or numerous other types of treatment. Therapy is often required too, and there is a list of options with CRPS, beginning with conventional physical therapy to help improve mobility.

Along with more alternative therapies like transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) or biofeedback, mirror therapy may be helpful to patients with CRPS. Often effective because it fools the brain into believing the limb is healthy, mirror therapy involves the patient sitting in front of a mirror but moving the opposite limb. Functionality may be improved in some cases, and pain reduced.

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.

All blogs are written on behalf of Heintz & Becker for informational purposes. These articles should not, however, be considered legal advice, or in any way responsible for creating an attorney/client relationship.

 

Common Symptoms of CRPS: Understanding Allodynia

Complex regional pain syndrome affects around 200,000 known patients in the US, but it often takes a significant amount of time to diagnose this unique condition centered around central nervous system damage. Unfortunately, symptoms—and the pain—can be chronic and severe, causing those who suffer from CRPS to make substantial adjustments to their lives. Symptoms often begin in a limb that was affected by a previous injury.  In many cases, the CRPS patient may have been in a car accident that caused trauma such as a broken arm or leg, or just a sprain. In more moderate cases, there may have just been bruising. Because so often the original injury has already healed and come and gone, individuals who suddenly find themselves suffering from CRPS are painfully surprised.

There are numerous unique and painful issues which may arise, such as allodynia. This fibromyalgic pain is not just restricted to CRPS; in fact, it may be seen in other conditions such as shingles and chronic fatigue syndrome—all related to central nervous system complications. Nerves become overly sensitive, and this may be so severe in topical areas such as the skin that the patient cannot tolerate any contact at all. To put the pain in perspective for those not familiar with what CRPS feels like, imagine being in severe discomfort just because your arm or leg was exposed to a slight breeze! Allodynia is also commonly caused by touch, as well as friction from clothing that is usually not uncomfortable. Mild temperature changes may also cause pain.

Burning and other issues with the skin may cause initial discomfort with CRPS also, to include discoloration, swelling, and even unusual hair growth. Skin may appear glossy in texture, and sensitivity may be so severe that the patient cannot tolerate any contact of any sort in that area—not even that of a slight breeze. Joints may ache, and using muscles surrounding the area of the affected limb can often be so agonizing that the patient becomes reluctant to use them, resulting in atrophy.

Painkillers that can be applied directly to the skin may be recommended for relief, to include Lidocaine or over-the-counter creams. For other symptoms, doctors may prescribe OTC pain relievers as well as opioids, corticosteroids, nerve-blockers, and more.

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.

All blogs are written on behalf of Heintz & Becker for informational purposes. These articles should not, however, be considered legal advice, or in any way responsible for creating an attorney/client relationship.

CRPS is Chronic and Progressive in Many Cases

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) affects a relatively small number of people in the US, with up to around 200,000 cases currently known. If you or a loved one are affected by this condition, then statistics probably mean very little to you or offer much comfort—especially if debilitating pain and suffering are involved.

CRPS can be a confounding condition. It is usually brought on by a trauma like a car accident or a motorcycle crash, and is separated into two different types, with the first usually triggered after a health issue has healed from a car accident, medical procedure, or other injury—and often a mild one. This type of CRPS is often a major—and unwelcome—surprise; in fact, if this is the case for you, there may have just been a sense of relief over getting over a sprain or a break, only to have CRPS rear its ugly head seemingly out of nowhere. The second type of CRPS is usually triggered after direct harm to a nerve occurs. This could happen during a surgery or some other event where it was obvious right away that a nerve had been damaged and CRPS was the result.

While some forms of CRPS can be mild, this condition is known to be chronic and usually affects an arm or leg, or hands and feet. In most cases, symptoms begin with discomfort and burning around the limb that was hurt, and because the immune system is affected along with the central nervous system, there may be redness and swelling, along with extreme sensitivity to touch. Early diagnosis and treatment usually result in a better outcome, but diagnosis can be challenging until all other diseases have been ruled out. Medication may include over-the-counter pain relievers or much stronger regimens, including opioids, nerve blockers, and even anticonvulsants or antidepressants.

CRPS may worsen over time, and muscles may even begin to atrophy. While some patients may experience loss of mobility, others may become reluctant to move around, fearing the pain involved in getting up or walking around. Dystonia is another example of the progression of CRPS, with fingers or toes sometimes becoming fixed in an abnormal or twisted position. This may affect just one area or a group of muscles.

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.

All blogs are written on behalf of Heintz & Becker for informational purposes. These articles should not, however, be considered legal advice, or in any way responsible for creating an attorney/client relationship.

 

CRPS Discomfort Can Be Some of the Worst Pain Experienced

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a rare and unique condition that currently causes discomfort and sometimes intense and chronic suffering for around 200,000 people in the US today. While its causes are not always known, CRPS is divided into two different types. Type 1 may occur with no warning or known damage to the nerves, but it often follows an illness or trauma. You may have been in a car accident or a motorcycle crash, experienced an unfortunate amputation, or even something as simple as having a shot administered. The impact to the body may have healed and been forgotten, only to have CRPS begin causing symptoms in the area that was affected—usually one limb (although it can spread to both). Type 2 is usually caused by something that directly affects the nerves and is realized at the time; for instance, Type 2 CRPS may occur after a surgical procedure with complications.

The condition is usually a surprise to the patient, and often medical professionals too who may be challenged to make a diagnosis until all other more conventional diseases can be ruled out with specific tests. There is no specific testing for CRPS, but once it has been diagnosed, treatment should begin as early as possible for the best overall, long-term outcome. The symptoms are unusual too, and often present themselves around the skin, causing discoloration, tenderness, burning and swelling, and more; in fact, the pain can be so severe that just the lightest touch or even a faint breeze can be intensely uncomfortable.

As the name would suggest, CRPS is centered around pain, and sometimes it is so bad that the patient may become almost unwilling to use the limb or limbs that are affected. Joints may be stiff and swollen, and muscles may spasm, along with becoming weaker over time—even to the point of atrophy. Dystonia is often associated with CRPS too, with fingers or toes becoming fixed in an abnormal or twisted position. Pain may be extreme, and continual, in some cases. Treatments vary from over-the-counter medications to opioids to nerve blockers, accompanied by physical therapy at some point. Anti-convulsant medication may be prescribed, as well as antidepressants and therapy.

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.

All blogs are written on behalf of Heintz & Becker for informational purposes. These articles should not, however, be considered legal advice, or in any way responsible for creating an attorney/client relationship.

CRPS: Pain Symptoms May Affect the Entire Body

It is said that good health is true wealth—and that escapes all too many of us until there is a serious issue like complex regional pain syndrome. Adapting to an illness or injury can be extremely challenging, and especially if it is a rare condition that can be both difficult to diagnose and treat. On top of that, when a condition like complex regional pain syndrome appears almost out of nowhere you may be dealing with pain and frustration. Although the causes of Type 1 CRPS are sometimes unknown (while Type 2 usually occurs after noted harm to the nerves), the trauma of a car accident and subsequent injury is a good example of an event that can trigger CRPS later.

The surprise factor in CRPS is not a good one. You may have had a broken arm or leg, or perhaps even just a moderate sprain that was treated and healed with ease—only to develop strange symptoms later that progressed into pain worse than the original injury! The signs of CRPS can be like other autoimmune diseases or inflammatory conditions, and they must be ruled out first. Diagnosis can be time-consuming, which is why medical help should be sought as soon as possible. Early treatment—often consisting of pain relievers (including topical medications), physical therapy, and more—usually means a better outcome for CRPS which can in some cases become progressive and chronic.

Often affecting an arm or leg at first (the one that may have been wounded in a car wreck or motorcycle crash, for instance), CRPS may transform the skin in unusual ways, leaving it tinged with blue or pink discoloration, along with causing extreme sensitivity to the slightest touch or change in temperature. There may be swelling, and the area may become thin and glossy in texture and feel clammy. If you are suffering from long-term CRPS there could be other issues as it spreads throughout the body to include one of the other limbs (or even all of them), the muscles and joints, bones, and immune system. Some patients may also see this condition go into a welcome remission—only to present itself again months later.

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.

All blogs are written on behalf of Heintz & Becker for informational purposes. These articles should not, however, be considered legal advice, or in any way responsible for creating an attorney/client relationship.

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome in Children

Complex regional pain syndrome lives up to every word in its name. Not only is it unusually complicated, but it is rare and hard to diagnose, and leads many to wonder how a condition often so severe could develop out of something which seemed so minor initially. Type 1 is the form of CRPS affecting 90 percent of patients after some sort of trauma, while Type 2 is rarer and develops from a direct nerve injury.

The condition only affects around 200,000 people in the US to begin with, with women more often having CRPS. So far, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, there are no children documented with CRPS under the age of five—and few under the age of ten. There tends to be a ‘peak age’ of 40, but for children who are suffering from CRPS, they tend to have complications due to missing school, missing activities, and feeling alone. There may also be a significant gap between the time that they start feeling symptoms from CRPS and the time that it is diagnosed, due to a lack of specific tests for the condition.

No matter their age, as Type 1 develops, the affected individual may be confused and surprised to find out they have CRPS. It can be hard to understand how an injury that healed fairly easily already has re-emerged as a chronic and very painful condition. Car accidents or motorcycle crashes that caused broken bones or sprains are often a trigger, as well as surgeries or even a mild stroke or other health issue.

Symptoms may transform the skin, leading to a wide array of issues such as overwhelming sensitivity and pain, discoloration at the site, and strange and uncomfortable ranges of temperature from hot, to cold, to clammy. Muscle spasms may occur, and those with CRPS sometimes have challenges with mobility overall, as well as issues with dystonia—where fingers or toes become fixed in an unnatural position. The pain associated with CRPS may be so severe at times that patients become afraid to move and trigger an episode.

A variety of medications may be prescribed for CRPS, to include pain relievers, corticosteroids—as well as prescriptive therapies.

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.

All blogs are written on behalf of Heintz & Becker for informational purposes. These articles should not, however, be considered legal advice, or in any way responsible for creating an attorney/client relationship.

 

Skin Sensitivity and Changes in Body Temperature May Point to CRPS

Complex regional pain syndrome is a chronic condition with no cure. While around 200,000 people in the US are known to have CRPS, it is thought that there may actually be many more who are suffering from the wide range of symptoms—of which the most common is pain and severe discomfort. There are two types associated with this condition. Type 1 (also previously known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome or RSD) is the most common form, and usually occurs after a trauma such as a car crash or motorcycle accident—or after a mild to serious event like a heart attack. Type 2 (also known as causalgia) is rarer, usually resulting from a direct, known injury to a nerve.

While pain is usually the first symptom to arise in pointing to CRPS, there is a long and varied list of associated and unpleasant symptoms. Most patients have no idea what CRPS is initially, struggling with discomfort that arrives on the heels of what is usually a less intense injury. An ankle sprain from a car accident may heal, but soon after CRPS takes its place with surprising ferocity.

Skin sensitivity is common, usually occurring in the limb of the previous injury, although the other limb may be affected eventually too. While skin discoloration or swelling may be apparent (along with unusual hair or nail growth), in some cases, the nerve sensitivity may be invisible—but severe. Many individuals report pain after something as mild as a slight breeze touches the area. Unusual skin temperature may cause discomfort too, due to nerve damage and circulation issues. The skin may become cold, clammy, or sweaty, and may switch from one to the other unpredictably. These types of temperature issues and changes may also be a way for medical professionals to diagnose CRPS, along with ruling out other similar conditions or diseases and using MRIs, CTs, and bone scans.

For a more successful outcome, swift diagnosis and treatment are recommended. Depending on the severity, doctors may suggest something as mild as over-the-counter pain relievers. They may also prescribe stronger medications to help patients deal with the pain, along with corticosteroids, topical anesthetics like Lidocaine, and more. Numerous therapies can be helpful too, from physical therapy to relaxation therapy, mirror therapy, biofeedback, and other methods.

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.

All blogs are written on behalf of Heintz & Becker for informational purposes. These articles should not, however, be considered legal advice, or in any way responsible for creating an attorney/client relationship.

CRPS: Persistent Pain Requires Serious Medical Treatment

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.

All blogs are written on behalf of Heintz & Becker for informational purposes. These articles should not, however, be considered legal advice, or in any way responsible for creating an attorney/client relationship.