Re: RSD/CRPS from shoulder surgery caused fingers to have RSD
Hi there -- welcome to the boards!
I love your explanation of a floating sliver of glass. I have said a bee sting, but it's different, and I think your description is better. My PT holds a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree and has spent much more time with me than any doctor. She is treating me specifically for the CRPS. She explained that these types of sensations are due to the sympathetic system going crazy and trying to warn your body of a perceived danger, even though there's no actual danger.
My CRPS is in the foot, and we have been working on gradual desensitization. Visit one was sitting and placing both feet on a cheap towel. The CRPS foot felt the texture of the towel to be much more pronounced. The goal is to keep pain between a 2 and a 4, while reinforcing to your body that there is no real danger.
If you can find a PT who treats CRPS, I would definitely recommend asking for a renewed prescription for PT. I found one (finally) at a university's physical therapy department, but it took about two months of searching. I am STILL (3 months now!) on a waiting list to make an appointment for a PT evaluation with one pain management practice. The meds seem to be geared toward stabilizing the CRPS, while the nerve blocks and PT seem to be the best chance for remission.