What are the Symptoms of RSD

RSD, also called Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, is a progressive disease that often occurs in the hands, arms, feet, or legs. People of all ages can get RSD and both males and females are susceptible to the disease. Unfortunately, at the present time there is no cure for RSD. Therefore, patients must instead rely on various treatment options intended to alleviate pain on a short or long-term basis.

The cause of RSD varies from case to case. Some people can find no initial cause for the onset of the disease. For other people, RSD results after surgery, head injury, heart attack, sprain, or broken bone. It can also occur following cast immobilization or due to movement disorders such as carpal tunnel.

If RSD is caught in the earliest stage of the disease, the symptoms can usually be managed well. However, many patients and medical personnel are not aware of the initial symptoms. Symptoms of RSD begin with an intense burning in the affected joints, bones, or limbs. The pain is more intense than normal and does not subside with typical treatment. In these cases, RSD should be considered and treatment should begin immediately.

Symptoms of RSD, especially when left untreated or treated improperly, can also include swelling of the affected area, excessive sweating, and discoloration of the skin surrounding the affected area.

Symptoms of RSD also vary depending upon which stage of the disease sufferers are in. For example, for patients in Stage 1 of the disease, intense burning and the other symptoms mentioned above are prominent. If a patient moves into Stage 2 of the disease (not all do) then the symptoms may then include stiffness, dry hands, hair loss, and increased pain. For patients who experience Stage 3 of RSD, possible symptoms include remaining intense pain, irreversible tissue damage, and thinning of the skin.

If you've been diagnosed with RSD, it's important that you understand the symptoms and treatment options. A qualified physician should be able to help you with this information. Likewise, if you find you need an attorney for your RSD case, he or she should be knowledgeable about your disease. Attorneys are available who will help you with your case and get on with your life. Your debilitating disease should not include further debilitation in the courtroom. By finding a qualified attorney who is familiar with RSD you can minimize any additional pain and suffering.

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Symptoms of RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy) page updated on 11/7/2006