KNOWvember: Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) CRPS is characterized by prolonged pain, changes in skin color, swelling, and temperature to the affected area.
There are two similar forms, called CRPS-I and CRPS-II, with the same symptoms and treatments. CRPS-II (previously called causalgia) is the term used for patients with confirmed nerve injuries. Individuals without confirmed nerve injury are classified as having CRPS-I (previously called reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome). Some research has identified evidence of nerve injury in CRPS-I, so the validity of the two different forms is being investigated.
CRPS is characterized by prolonged pain, changes in skin color, swelling, and temperature to the affected area.
CRPS symptoms vary in severity and duration. Studies of the incidence and prevalence of the disease show that most cases are mild and individuals recover gradually with time. In more severe cases, individuals may not recover and may have long-term disability.
To learn additional information and gain supportive resources about CRPS, please visit: http://rsds.org/living-with-crps/
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Source: U.S Pain Foundation