Complex Regional Pain Syndrome is a poorly understood condition.
The sufferer will develop a persistent (chronic) burning pain in one of their limbs. If left untreated, it can lead to secondary physical problems caused by a lack of use of the affected limb.
It also has the potential to cause psychological consequences from having to live with severe long term pain and the overall effect upon the patient’s life.
CRPS is a debilitating and very painful condition. The patient usually develops a persistent (chronic) burning pain in one of their limbs. This usually occurs after an injury or a medical procedure. Perhaps worst of all, no one really seems to know when it will strike, and why it affects some people but not others.
The pain is out of all proportion to the incident that caused it. But make no mistake – the pain is very real indeed.
The skin of the affected body part can become very sensitive, and even the slightest touch, bump, or change in surroundings can provoke a feeling of intense pain. If left untreated the pain can spread to other parts of the body as well.