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Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) (CRPS) board

Hi Coleby,
Glad you found us; sorry you're hurting.

Some people here seen a neuro with success, but probably the majority of us see a pain management doctor/anesthesiologist because we receive blocks or other procedures. Perhaps since a neuro is much closer and less expensive you could have a consultation with a neuro first and see how it goes. If you have confidence in him/her and feel they might help, then great. But if you don't feel you will get the treatment you need you could go further to a PMD. I travel four hours to see my PMD and eight hours to my ortho surgeon, so I can really relate.

I guess you will just have to explain your need to see a specialist to your GP. I understand your situation because I used to be in an HMO here in the states which basically works the same way. I was at the mercy of my GP to decide if I needed a specialist. My tactic was that I was always respectful and would ask for a referral. If that didn't work I would still stay respectful, but would bug them so much with appointments and phone calls until he would finally be relieved to pass me on to a specialist :).

As far as ibuprofen, I had to be on it a long time for a shoulder problem. It was the only thing that gave me relief. My doctor required me to come in every six months for blood work to make sure I wasn't causing damage to my kidneys. I know some people take celebrex which is supposed to be easier on the body. Of course, there are a lot of other high power neuropathic pain blocking meds that a neuro or PMD can help you with. I am just now tapering off most of mine because I couldn't handle the brain fog anymore and my pain is basically under control, mostly due to my monthly blocks.

Have you ever gotten physical therapy for your RSD? I have hand and wrist RSD, but I know it's the same for any RSD - PT is so important to retain muscle tone as well as so many other things. I wouldn't be in half as good of shape as I am without my PT. I think a lot of people here would say the same thing.

You were so wise to follow your instincts about the ice. People should listen to their bodies more often.

Best wishes to you!
Hi Coleby, and welcome to HB. I can not believe that your doctors are such horse's behinds! They had NO RIGHT to keep information that could have helped you get the treatment you need in a timely manner, and because of this, they just may have blown your chances for going into remission. Did they bother to think that withholding this information could be far more detrimental to your well being when you found out so long after the fact? I swear, these doctors should not be practicing medicine. NO doctor has the right to withhold your diagnosis from their patients!

There are so many meds out there that are used to treat RSD. All of them affect different people differently. A medicine that I might be able to take without any problems might send another person into a tailspin. I can't take vioxx either, but I can take celebrex. You might want to give it a try. There are several other anti-inflammatory meds available also. I start Bextra today if I get up the nerve to try another new med. My hats off to you for being able to use just Advil.

In my opinion, a PM is the best way to go, but there are a few people here that are being treated by neuologists and they are quite happy with their docs and treatment. Whatever doctor you choose, please make sure that he/she is experienced with RSD. If they tell you to use ice, run, don't walk. Sometimes people have to see 2 or 3 docs (sometimes even more) before they find one that they are comfortable with. it sucks, but it's true.

I hope you find a good doc that can help you. I also hope you get a good lawyer to help you fight worker's comp. Do not hesitate to come back and ask all the questions you'd like, or to vent if you are having a bad day. That's what we're here for.