Complex regional pain syndrome

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Complex regional pain syndrome

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic pain condition that mainly affects the arm or leg after an injury. The main feature of CRPS is continuous, intense pain that is out of proportion to the severity of the injury. The pain gets worse over time and often spreads throughout the entire affected arm or leg.  Other symptoms may include color and temperature changes of the skin over the affected area; skin sensitivity; sweating; and swelling. The underlying cause of CRPS is not known. Treatment aims to relieve pain and may include topical or oral medications; physical therapy; and/or a sympathetic nerve block.
 

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US Pain Foundation

US Pain Foundation is created by people with pain for people with pain. As a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to serving those who live with pain conditions and their care providers, U.S. Pain Foundation exists to help individuals find resources and inspiration.
Our mission is simple: to educate, connect, inform, advocate and empower those living with pain. In addition we work to educate the public on pain issues and to raise awareness on pain in America. We recognize and validate the 100 million Americans who battle pain every day by offering positive programs that empower and ed

Last Updated: 24 Sep 2013

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Following organizations serve the condition "Complex regional pain syndrome" for support, advocacy or research.

US Pain Foundation

US Pain Foundation is created by people with pain for people with pain. As a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to serving those who live with pain conditions and their care providers, U.S. Pain Foundation exists to help individuals find resources and inspiration.
Our mission is simple: to educate, connect, inform, advocate and empower those living with pain. In addition we work to educate the public on pain issues and to raise awareness on pain in America. We recognize and validate the 100 million Americans who battle pain every day by offering positive programs that empower and ed

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Last Updated: 24 Sep 2013

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Complex regional pain syndrome" returned 198 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Lumbar Sympathetic Block with Botulinum Toxin Type B for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome: A Case Study.
 

Author(s): Eunjoo Choi, Chan Woo Cho, Hye Young Kim, Pyung Bok Lee, Francis Sahngun Nahm

Journal: Pain Physician. ;18(5):E911-6.

 

Lumbar sympathetic block (LSB) is an effective method for relief of sympathetically mediated pain in the lower extremities. To prolong the sympathetic blockade, sympathetic destruction with alcohol or radiofrequency has been used. The pre-ganglionic sympathetic nerves are cholinergic, ...

Last Updated: 3 Oct 2015

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Outcomes of a Simple Treatment for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Type I in Children.
 

Author(s): Frederick R Dietz, Stephen P Compton

Journal: Iowa Orthop J. 2015 ;35():175-80.

 

Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome type I (CRPSI) in children is a disorder of unknown etiology. No standard diagnostic criteria or treatment exists. Published treatment protocols are often time and resource intensive. Nonetheless, CRPSI is not rare and can be disabling. This reports ...

Last Updated: 12 Sep 2015

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Comparison of tonic spinal cord stimulation, high-frequency and burst stimulation in patients with complex regional pain syndrome: a double-blind, randomised placebo controlled trial.
 

Author(s): N Kriek, J G Groeneweg, D L Stronks, F J P M Huygen

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Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a disabling disease that is sometimes difficult to treat. Although spinal cord stimulation (SCS) can reduce pain in most patients with CRPS, some do not achieve the desired reduction in pain. Moreover, the pain reduction can diminish over time ...

Last Updated: 25 Aug 2015

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The terms "Complex regional pain syndrome" returned 34 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Complex regional pain syndrome.
 

Author(s): Stephen Bruehl

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Complex regional pain syndrome is a chronic pain condition characterized by autonomic and inflammatory features. It occurs acutely in about 7% of patients who have limb fractures, limb surgery, or other injuries. Many cases resolve within the first year, with a smaller subset progressing ...

Last Updated: 30 Jul 2015

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Complex regional pain syndrome and acute carpal tunnel syndrome following radial artery cannulation: a neurological perspective and review of the literature.
 

Author(s): Reynaldo P Lazaro

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2015 Jan;94(3):e422.

 

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) associated with acute carpal tunnel syndrome (aCTS) developed in a 38-year-old right-handed man following radial artery cannulation (RAC) during the course of lumbar spine surgery. Inciting events and risk factors that might have led to these ...

Last Updated: 27 Jan 2015

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A systematic review of ketamine for complex regional pain syndrome.
 

Author(s): Sara B Connolly, Joshua P Prager, R Norman Harden

Journal: Pain Med. 2015 May;16(5):943-69.

 

This systematic review aims to examine the available literature and to synthesize published data concerning the treatment of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) with ketamine.

Last Updated: 20 May 2015

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The Use of Zoledronic Acid to Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Complex Regional Pain Syndromes

 

Last Updated: 8 Feb 2013

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Intravenous Immunoglobulins in Complex-regional Pain Syndrome
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Type 1

 

Last Updated: 29 Jul 2009

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Low-Dose Naltrexone for the Treatment of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

 

Last Updated: 28 Apr 2016

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