Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (or CRPS) can be a debilitating condition. There are both acute and chronic forms of CRPS, and the condition can progress over time. So what are the symptoms of CRPS spreading- and is there anything patients can do to stop it? Read on to learn more.
What is Complex Regional Pain Syndrome?
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome is a condition that typically occurs after an injury. While the injury itself will heal normally, patients will experience prolonged pain for far longer than what’s expected. It’s thought that CRPS occurs due to nerve damage and/or inflammation. CRPS usually improves over time as a patient’s nerves heal. However, some patients deal with chronic pain for years. A rheumatologist can help you limit your symptoms and deal with the chronic pain. Therefore, it’s important to see a doctor as soon as you notice CRPS symptoms.
Symptoms and Warning Signs
CRPS usually presents with redness and swelling at the site of the injury. The site might also be hot to the touch. In addition to the pain, patients might also feel numbness, tingling, or a burning sensation. While CRPS is most common after major injuries, other events such as surgery, minor injuries, or limb immobilization (such as, having a limb in a cast) can lead to this syndrome, too.
Signs of the Syndrome Spreading
Luckily, CRPS usually stays isolated to just one part of the body. However, spreading is possible. If the CRPS spreads, it will usually stay on the same side of your body or spread to the opposite limb. Therefore, it’s important to pay attention to neighboring regions of the body. For instance, if your CRPS is in your left leg, monitor both your left arm and also your right leg. You will notice symptoms that are similar to what is occurring at the injury site.
Take Charge of Your CRPS
If you have symptoms of CRPS spreading, then we can help. At Houston Rheumatology, we treat CRPS, as well as a variety of other chronic pain disorders. We work with every patient on a personal level, creating tailor-made treatment plans to address your unique pain. Call us today to learn more.