Complex regional pain syndrome is a feeling of constant pain that typically affects an arm or leg. Complex regional pain syndrome usually occurs after a stroke, surgery, heart attack, or injury. Most of the time, the pain caused from complex regional pain syndrome is not as severe as the injury itself. The cause of complex regional pain syndrome is not clearly understood by physicians. To gain proper treatment for complex regional pain syndrome, it is suggested to start when the pain first arises. In most cases, improvement of the pain is highly possible. There are a various amount of symptoms and signs associated with complex regional pain syndrome which are swelling of the area in pain, becoming very sensitive to cold or touch, discoloration of the skin, changes in body temperature, a constant feeling of pain in the leg, arm, foot, or hand, a noticeable change in the growth of nails or nail, swollen or stiff joints, the inability to move the painful area, and muscle spasms. The signs that typically are seen prior to other signs are redness, pain, swelling, and sensitivity to touch or cold. Once the affected limb becomes light in color and cold to the touch, and can see noticeable changes to the appearance of the nails, and experience spasms in the muscle, it may be difficult to treat. Complex regional pain syndrome may be caused after one experiences trauma, amputation, fracture, or an injury that crushes the limb. Other factors which may be a cause to complex regional pain syndrome are heart attack, surgery, sprained ankles, infections, and stress. Complex regional pain syndrome can affect all aspects of ones life experiencing the pain. If the area affected is the arm or hand, it can have a dramatic result on many daily necessity activities such as brushing hair or teeth, getting dressed, cooking, cleaning, etc. If the affected limb happens to be the leg or foot, it can affect activities such as walking. People that have complex regional pain syndrome with young children can also have difficulty lifting and playing with the children, which may also lead to deeper problems than complex regional pain syndrome. The person with complex regional pain syndrome may also begin to feel isolated if they remain inside due to the agonizing pain. Things such as these may later lead to depression. Complex regional pain syndrome may also be a leading cause of lack of sleep. While the victim of the pain is experiencing the agonizing feeling of discomfort, sleep may be the first thing to go. It is wise to get the help necessary to treat the pain as soon as it arises in order to break free from the symptoms they may cause such as those just discussed. If you have been complex regional pain syndrome and have any questions about how we can help, please feel free to give our scheduling coordinators a call.