Complex Regional Pain Syndrome -Frequently Asked Questions

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FrequentlyAsked Questions

1. Which doctor should I consult for chronic regional pain syndrome?

You can initially consult your familyphysician or GP who can treat the condition with pain killers and refer you to physiotherapy. For persistent severe pain you will be referred to a pain specialist for evaluation and management.

2. Can chronic regional pain syndrome becured?

There is no cure for CRPS. However with medications, physiotherapy and counseling most patients experience significant improvement in their symptoms. A few patients suffer from severe persistent symptoms.

3. Am I eligible for disability benefits if I am diagnosed with CRPS?

You might be eligible for Social Securitydisability benefits (SSD or SSI) if the pain persists even after a year. Youmay have to produce concrete evidence for your pain complaints.

4. What is the difference between CRPSand reflex sympathetic dystrophy?

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)Type 1 is otherwise referred to as reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome.Experts believe that RSD occurs due to dysfunction of the nervous systemleading to excessive impulses being sent to the affected site resulting inchronic pain.

5. Can CRPS be caused by autoimmunedisease?

One of the theories suggested for CRPS isan autoimmune cause. If autoimmunity is suspected, testing for autoantibodies(antinuclear antibody) may be performed.

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