Complex regional pain syndrome is a complex condition. Discover important facts about the illness in our blog.
Complex regional pain syndrome, also known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy, is incredibly complicated. As a result, it is difficult to diagnose and treat. For patients, it is not easy to live with and is known to cause extremely painful symptoms, such as burning or throbbing pain, most commonly affecting one of the limbs. As expert solicitors handling CRPS compensation claims, we understand all too well how the condition affects the lives of patients, making it extremely difficult to enjoy daily life. There is no known cure for CRPS as of yet, however, researchers are conducting tests and studies in order to better understand the condition. If you have CRPS, or know someone who has, and want to learn more about the condition, or just want to better understand the complex condition, then you have come to the right place. In this blog, we will be discussing some of the most important facts about CRPS. Continue reading to find out more.
- CRPS can be triggered by a number of things
There are two types of CRPS, each of which are caused by different things. Type 1 is known to appear after an illness or injury that has not directly damaged the nerves, such as a sprain or fracture, infection or heart attack. Emotional stress is also known to play a part. Type 2, however, occurs after a direct injury to the nerves. The two types are connected due to the fact that they both types cause the nervous system and immune system to malfunction in response to the damage, although it is not known how or why this happens.
- Some people are more at risk of developing CRPS than others
It’s a well-known fact that CRPS can affect people of both genders at almost any age. This being said, however, it is more common in women. With regards to age, the average age of sufferers is around 40-years-old. Children under the age of five do not have the condition and, while it is extremely rare for children under the age of ten to, there are many cases amongst teenagers. There is also some evidence to suggest that those who have family members with CRPS are more at risk of developing the condition themselves.
- Symptoms may vary from person to person
The majority of CRPS patients experience continuous burning or throbbing pains in one of the limbs, such as the hand, arm, leg or foot. As well as pain, CRPS also causes sensitivity, swelling, joint stiffness, sweaty or cold skin, and changes in skin colour or texture. Over time, symptoms may change and the pain may also spread to opposite limbs. Less severe cases of CRPS may gradually recover over time, however, more severe cases can cause lasting damage and are difficult to recover from, which is why it is so important to diagnose and treat the condition early.
- It can be difficult to diagnose
The causes of CRPS are not understood, therefore, there are no tests to diagnose it. In some cases, doctors will rely on symptoms and medical history to make a diagnosis, however, other tests may be performed in order to rule out other conditions that have similar symptoms, such as arthritis.
- You can claim for CRPS compensation
If you are someone who has developed CRPS as a result of an accident or injury that was not your fault, then you will be entitled to CRPS compensation. When claiming, it is important to remember that you will need the help from an expert firm who has expertise in this field, as they will be able to get the best possible result for you. At Brian Barr Solicitors, we have helped many CRPS patients get back the money they are owed. If you think you are entitled to compensation, then get in touch with our expert team by calling 0161 737 9248 or click here to fill in our online contact form.
Whether you suffer with CRPS yourself or have taken an interest into finding out more about it, we hope this blog has helped you to better understand the complexities of the condition. If you are a CRPS patient and know of any further facts that you think should be added to this blog post, then send us a message on our Facebook page and join the community.
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