Re: Is "Complex Regional Pain Syndrome" Real?
Thanks for your reply. She has what I call a lower grade inflammation in her knee, aching and some soreness on the outside edge of her right knee. She's taking anti-inflammatories which help a little but not completely. Her bone scan comes out normal. As does her x-rays, physical exams, aspirate culture, and ESR/CRP blood test. The only suspect is the nickel reactivity which shows "moderate" on her MELISA test, but doctors don't seem to suspect this is an issue... they say that if she had a true nickel allergy that her symptoms would be more full blown than they are. If you look at her knee, it's not red or puffy, however it does feel a little warmer to the touch than her other knee. The doctors exams show a full range of motion, etc. On the question of whether the nickel could be causing her problems we are still skeptical on this, even though the doctors can't prove it's causing the inflammation, on the same token we don't see that they're able to rule it out either. If there's a possibility that the nickel could be causing her low grade inflammation, I think the doctors aren't able to verify this, which makes it frustrating.