Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) Syndrome. RSD is an older term used to describe one form of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). Both RSD and CRPS are chronic conditions characterized by severe burning pain, most often affecting one of the extremities (arms, legs, hands, or feet), which can develop after a trauma such as an injury and/or a surgery.
Reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome (RSDS), also known as complex regional pain syndrome, is a rare disorder of the sympathetic nervous system that is characterized by chronic, severe pain. Few doctors and even fewer attorneys know how to diagnose it, even though it drastically changes the presentation and the value of your accident case when RSD is diagnosed and proven.
The symptoms of reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome typically begin with burning pain, especially in an arm, finger(s), palm of the hand(s), and/or shoulder(s). In some individuals, RSDS may occur in one or both legs or it may be localized to one knee or hip. Frequently, RSDS may be misdiagnosed as a painful nerve injury. The skin over the affected area(s) may become swollen (edema) and inflamed. Affected skin may be extremely sensitive to touch and to hot or cold temperatures (cutaneous hypersensitivity). The affected limb(s) may perspire excessively and be warm to the touch (vasomotor instability). The exact cause of RSD Syndrome is not fully understood, although it may be associated with injury to the nerves, trauma and surgery, among other things. Therefore, it is extremely important to obtain an early diagnosis of RSDS when you suffer from chronic and severe pain after an accident and/or a surgery.
Specialized in RSD cases, I know what to look for and how to help you be properly diagnosed and properly treated. As explained above, a finding of RSD Syndrome drastically changes the face of your case. It is therefore extremely important to entrust your medical care and your legal case to the right persons.