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Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) (CRPS) Message Board

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Re: MollyBrown
Jun 13, 2004

I also read your story and wanted to welcome you to the board. I'm going by memory here so let me know if I forget anything. I don't know if you have RSD, but it won't hurt bringing it up to the doc on your next appointment. The color changes sound similar to RSD, but I don't know anything about back problems that I know you have. There is no one definitive test for RSD. They make a diagnosis based on many tests and by ruling other diseases out. Sometimes, docs will do a block (lumbar sympathetic block for lower extremity and stellate ganglion block for upper extremity) to help diagnose RSD. If the affected area gets warm and pink and decreases in pain after the block, you might have RSD. But, if it doesn't do those things, it doesn't necessarily mean you don't have RSD. It could be that the doc didn't get the right spot. I hope I got all your questions. Good luck and let us know how you do at the doc.

Sharon :)[/COLOR][/SIZE]

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