We hope to assist patients, as well as family, and friends of those who suffer from Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) or more recently known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). This organization was formed in July 1990; and since then, has sent information regarding RSD/CRPS to hundreds of thousands patients and professionals worldwide. The free information we offer will help educate and inform you, your family, friends as well as your physician regarding the signs, symptoms, diagnosis and the latest methods of treatment for RSD/CRPS.
Psychological Aspects of RSD/CRPS
Doctor Hooshmand and I have co-authored the following article: Psychological Aspects of RSD/CRPS.
Below is an abstract from the article Psychological Aspects of RSD/CRPS.
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Abstract. Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) or complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a complex form of neuropathic pain associated with hyperpathia; neurovascular instability; neuroinflammation; and limbic system dysfunction.
As the condition becomes chronic, the other aspects of this syndrome complete the clinical picture. Inflammation develops, insomnia, agitation and depression affect the patient's diurnal cycle, deprive the patient of resting well and sleeping normally at night and the end result is the full-blown picture of RSD (CRPS).
Careful history taking, neurological evaluation, and understanding the nature of emotional components of RSD (CRPS) spares the patient from misdiagnosis and improper treatment.