14 Aug Do I Have Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)?
There’s a specific type of nerve pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), that might sound intimidating but Dr. Nikesh Seth specializes in treating this uncommon condition with alternative therapies. At Integrated Pain Consultants, avoiding dangerous medications whenever possible and offering natural alternatives takes top priority—as does the safety and comfort of the patient.
CRPS Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment
CRPS usually occurs after a significant injury, heart attack, stroke, or surgery. It’s a type of chronic pain most often found in the leg or arm. The causes of CRPS aren’t fully understood, and as such traditional treatments aren’t always effective. However, when treated correctly (which can include trying different treatment options), vast improvement and sometimes even remission can occur.
One of the most common symptoms is a throbbing or burning sensation in the arm, leg, hand, or foot. The area might be swollen or sensitive to cold and/or touch. You might notice shifts in skin temperature, with quick changes between cold and sweaty. The skin color might change, with blotches appearing red, blue, or white. Skin texture might appear shiny or thin, and there may even be changes in nail or hair growth.
CRPS can be coupled with joint swelling or damage. A patient might report muscle loss, weakness, or tremors. A decrease in mobility might occur near the affected area. Keep in mind that only a doctor can diagnose CRPS and the symptoms might change over time. If left untreated, the area might turn cold and pale—at this point, symptoms are usually irreversible. This is why it’s so important to seek treatment as soon as a problem is noticed.
It’s not uncommon for symptoms to come and go. However, treatment is always most effective when sought immediately. If you notice any of these symptoms, particularly if you recently underwent any kind of trauma, it’s time to see a doctor. There are two types of CRPS, and one type stems from a distinct nerve injury. Without treatment, you may sustain tissue deterioration and permanent muscle tightening.
Call Integrated Pain Consultants today at 480-626-2552 and schedule your consultation.