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How is complex regional pain syndrome diagnosed?

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This condition is when something, such as an injury or a disease, causes pain elsewhere for no clear reason. Doctors sometimes divide the condition into two categories, which have same symptoms:

No single test will show whether you have complex regional pain syndrome. So your doctor will probably start with your symptoms and other clues, such as whether you've had an injury that could have triggered the condition. You may get tests that can rule out other things, such as arthritis.

X-rays and other tests of your bones may shed light on the trouble. Your doctor may also want to see whether the ailing limb is warmer than the opposite one or sweats a different amount.

  • Type 1 happens after an injury that didn't directly affect a nerve.
  • Type 2 follows an injury that harmed a nerve.

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Complex Regional Pain Syndrome."

Mayo Clinic: "Complex regional pain syndrome."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Fact Sheet."

OrthoInfo: "Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy)."

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association: "Telltale Signs and Symptoms of CRPS/RSD,"

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on May 27, 2019

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Complex Regional Pain Syndrome."

Mayo Clinic: "Complex regional pain syndrome."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Fact Sheet."

OrthoInfo: "Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy)."

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association: "Telltale Signs and Symptoms of CRPS/RSD,"

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on May 27, 2019

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