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Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) (CRPS) Message Board

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[QUOTE=kellyevans40;4780136]No amputation will not help. When I first found out what I have, I asked my doc about amputation. He told me that many years ago they used to do this for people with RSD, only to find out that you still have the pain just as if you still had your leg.[/QUOTE]

Also referred to as 'phantom pain.' It happens to a lot of people who have neurological pain, because even if the limb(s) in question are gone, the nervous system is completely out of whack and misfiring all the signals (which causes the pain in the first place), which leads the individual to feel as though they're still in pain even if that particular limb has been removed.

As for the original post, I've had RSD for twelve years now and have had a lot of experience with nerve blocks. Some were helpful and some weren't, but that likely goes for everyone. If it's your entire leg that's in pain, it may be suitable to think about a lumbar sympathetic block. Because the injection is in the lumbar spine, it generally numbs your entire lower body. After the numbness subsides, you should have an idea of whether or not it has had any sort of effect on your pain.

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