Complex Regional Pain Syndrome - Topic Overview
What is complex regional pain syndrome?Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a term used to describe a group of painful conditions. Examples of earlier names for these conditions include reflex sympathetic dystrophy, causalgia, and Sudeck's atrophy. Pain is the main symptom of CRPS. Most people have severe pain in an arm or a leg. Usually the pain is in a part of your body where you had surgery or an injury. The pain is usually constant and either shooting, sharp, or burning. The pain is much worse and it lasts much longer than you would expect for the kind of injury you had. Some people may not have had an injury or surgery before the pain started, but most people have.Women in their mid-30s are more likely to get CRPS, but it can happen to anyone at any age.What causes CRPS?The cause of CRPS is not well understood. CRPS is a reaction the body has after an injury, and the reaction is more severe than would be expected. This reaction happens in the limb (arm or leg, usually)
Sickle Cell Disease: Splenic Sequestration - Topic Overview
What is splenic sequestration?Splenic sequestration is a problem with the spleen that can happen in people who have sickle cell disease. Splenic sequestration happens when a lot of sickled red blood cells become trapped in the spleen. The spleen can enlarge, get damaged, and not work as it should. When the spleen doesn't work well, a person is more likely to have serious, life-threatening infections with certain types of bacteria.If splenic sequestration happens suddenly, it can be a life-threatening emergency.Who is affected by it?This condition is more common in infants and young children who have sickle cell disease. It may follow a respiratory infection. In older children and adults, the spleen often does not work because of years of damage from sickled cells.What are the symptoms?Splenic sequestration causes sudden and severe anemia, with symptoms of sudden weakness, pale lips, rapid breathing, excessive thirst, belly pain, and rapid heartbeat. If you have a baby or young child
Chronic Pain - Exams and Tests
Many exams and tests are used to evaluate chronic pain. An initial assessment includes: A detailed medical history. Your health professional will ask you about your general medical history, past illnesses, and overall health. He or she will ask you questi
Chronic Pain - Cause
Learn about chronic pain and how it develops.
Pain Management - Following a Treatment Plan
WebMD discusses how to successfully stick to a pain treatment plan and get the best pain relief possible.
Chronic Pain Syndrome - Topic Overview
In some people with long-lasting pain,biochemical changes are triggered in the body,causing a different type of chronic pain (neuropathic pain) that doctors currently find difficult to diagnose and treat. Pain signals are somehow triggered by the nervous system and continue to fire for months or even years. (It is also possible that certain brain chemicals that suppress pain do not work ...
Chronic Pain - When To Call a Doctor
Call a doctor about chronic pain if your pain has lasted more than 3 months without a clear reason.
Sickle Cell Disease: Preventing Problems and Staying Healthy - Topic Overview
Home treatment for sickle cell disease includes steps you can take not only to control pain symptoms but also to prevent some of the complications caused by the disease. These complications include painful sickle cell crises. Have a pain management planIf you and your doctor have developed a pain management plan for home treatment of symptoms, be sure to follow your plan. For more information, see Sickle Cell Disease: Pain Management.Prevent severe childhood infectionGive your child with sickle cell disease regular doses of a prescribed antibiotic until age 5.Get your child immunized on schedule. For more information, see the topic Immunizations.Avoid contact with anyone suspected of having fifth disease, which is caused by parvovirus. A serious condition called aplastic anemia can develop.Prevent adult infectionCheck your immunization schedule and keep your immunizations up to date..Prevent vision problemsGet routine eye exams as a child and as an adult. Early detection can help
Chronic Pain - Medications
Medications can often help control chronic pain. Many different drugs, both prescription and nonprescription, are used to treat chronic pain. All these medications can cause side effects and should be taken exactly as they are prescribed. In some cases, i
Pain Management - When to Call Your Doctor
WebMD discusses when to call the doctor about pain and how to discuss it.