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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is complex regional pain syndrome?

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a form of chronic pain that usually affects an arm or a leg. It typically develops after an injury, a surgery, a stroke or a heart attack. The pain is out of proportion to the severity of the initial injury. CRPS is rare, and the cause isn't clearly understood.

Symptoms of complex regional pain syndrome

  • Always in pain

  • Arm pain

  • Thigh pain

  • Swelling of the affected area

  • Swelling of any body part

  • Reduced sweating

  • Numbness or abnormal sensation

Questions your doctor may ask to check for complex regional pain syndrome

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose complex regional pain syndrome

  • Are you in pain all the time?

  • Do you have pain in the arms?

  • Do you have thigh pain?

  • Is the affected area swollen?

  • Do you have any swelling in any part of your body?

Treatment for complex regional pain syndrome

Treatment is most effective when started early. Treatment involves medications and therapies such as pain killers, antidepressants, anti-inflammatories, nerve-blocking medication. Therapies include heat therapy, physical therapy, nerve stimulation, spinal cord stimulation, acupuncture, etc.

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