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Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) (CRPS) board


Hello and welcome to our big family, it seems to have been growing here lately. My name is Andrea, I've had RSD since Januaruary of this year, my cousin pushed me off a bed and fracture my elbow. Two weeks later when they took the cast off there was the RSD from my elbow to my fingers. I was in intensive physical therapy for 6 weeks that worked wonders, tried several combinations of medications, finally i've stuck with baclofen (for shakes and spasms) topamax (for an anti-convulsant, helps the nerves, most usually take neurontin) lexapro (for an anti-depressant) and methadone (for a pain med). I've had 3 nerve blocks and those haven't helped me so on Tuesday I'm going to have a trial spinal cord stimulator put in me. I'm only 21 so my doc would rather me have that then be on meds for the rest of my life and have possible other problems later on from those meds.

What kind of doctor are you seeing that won't give you pain meds? For rsd that is pretty much one of the things that will get you threw the day or a bad night until you know how to control the pain, or have "gotten used to it", or had other treatment for it other then medication. Pretty much all of us see a Pain Management doctor, so if you're not already I'd go see one, and if that's who you're seeing now... and are in a lot of pain and want some relief, and want pain meds, then I'd switch doctors. But definately get a PM that you like, they will be the one you see quite often. First off there are a few sticky posts at the top of the board that you should read, make sure NEVER to put ice on you RSD affected area it makes it worse, and you need as much bloodflow as possible there. Heat helps with the pain, if you have something topical like BenGay or if you have like a heating pad, or even if you dampen a towel and toss it in the mircrowave and heat it up in there and wrap it around the area that's great too. Moisture is great for it. Don't be surprised if you get to a point where you'd rather take baths instead of showers. I know the water hitting my arm hurts and also when i take a hot bath it warms up my arm and loosens up my joints and muscles so i can use my arm a little better durning the day.

Like I said before this is like a big family. So ask away with questions about anything and feel free to vent when ever you want. One of us will know the answer or can steer you in the right direction. Hope to see you around!
~andrea~ :wave: