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Posted by Lee Ann
on July 08, 2000 at 14:26:07:
In Reply to: RSD in right arm posted by John Ogden on July 07, 2000 at 21:13:04:
: Hi. I have had RSD in my right arm now for a few months. Last August I had a 15ft. 4x6 of hard maple bounce off of my arm a few times. The injury healed but the pain and swelling stayed. Just reasently I started to do therapy with a lady that knows all about RSD. It just started getting worse befor I started seeing her.
: Basicaly I am getting fightened and depressed. Right now I would like to just cut the darn thing off.
: Is there any one who knows any words of advice, or things that help I wold apreciate it.
We have all been to the point of wanting to cut off the effected limb or limbs. I even asked my doctors to do just that. I do have some words of advice for you. Get educated. The more you know the more you can help and protect yourself. A really great website is the RSDS Association of America's at www.rsds.org I strongly recommed you read their clinical guidlines for treatment and diagnosis of RSD. These people know about all there is to know about this disorder and if your doctor needs advice or info she can call them. My second piece of advice is keep moving your arm. If you are not in physical therapy with a good therapist who understands the disorder get started soon. If that is not possible for some reason, work your arm at home. Keeping your arm moving and flexible is exetremely important especially in the early stages. Also if you have had RDS for only a few months, have you had a stellat ganglion block? In the early stages especially before the six month mark if these blocks are successful for
they may help your RSD go away permanently. If you haven't had any sympathetic blocks yet talk to your doctor about it. My third piece of advice is learn to take your pain day by day. I wish you all the luck in the world. Lee Ann
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