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Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) (CRPS) Message Board


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Laura, thank you for your insightful input on this subject. So sorry that your pain got much worse after one of your nerve blocks. From what you wrote, I understand that it is very important to find a highly skilled, knowledgable, competent RSD specialist to do the nerve blocks. By the way, I am surprised that no doctor suggested that I have a nerve block when I first injured my foot and I was in horrible pain and couldn't walk on the injured foot. Instead, I was given cortisone shots which unfortunately caused permanent injury to my foot. Even after about 1-1/2 years of pain, no doctor has suggested a nerve block. Maybe it is not appropriate treatment for me since I have bone pain? I don't know. But I am still searching for a doctor that can help me.

Mae, how frustrating it is for you to have to wait for workman's comp to approve treatment. It's terrible to have your nerve block delayed. I hope that you will write about your experience with your nerve block on this board. I also hope that you are helped by the treatment and that your pain is relieved.
Laura,

It's upsetting to me when I hear that doctors don't listen to their patients or take their patients' pain seriously (I've experienced this time and again with different doctors). With RSD and acute pain, it is so important to IMMEDIATELY provide treatment to reduce pain and enable healing to take place. Your doctor shouldn't have waited over a year to send you to a pain management doctor...that's just awful, and it seems to happen to a lot of people in that valuable treatment is delayed.

I have both bone pain & nerve (burning-type) pain. When I first injured my foot, I was told that there is a possibility that I have RSD. However, I have never been diagnosed with RSD and was actually told that I probably don't have RSD now. All tests done (bone scan, MRIs, x-rays, EMG) have not provided support for RSD. I realize that there is no definitive test to diagnose RSD. But when I injured my foot, I immediately had some symptoms of RSD (some swelling, loss of movement in toes for over a month, hypersensitivity to light touch). The cortisone shots I received caused permanent injury to that foot. I think the doctor who injected me hit a nerve with the needle and also injected the cortisone too deeply. If I could turn back time, I would never had agreed to receive the cortisone, but the doctor really was convincing as to how GREAT cortisone would be for my foot and he never told me that there could be side affects.

Best of luck to you, too!





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