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Hey guys I found this i thought is was a good thing to post, also there are 2 quotes at the end that i thought are really good too!! Have a good one!!

Interesting Facts About RSD

There are an estimated over 7 million victims of RSD all across the USA.

RSD strikes men and women but typically 75 percent of cases are in women.

It strikes victims from 1 to 101 although about 65 percent of
patients contract the disease in their 30s or 40s.

In 30 percent of RSD cases, the precipitating cause is unknown.

RSD patients should not be treated with ice -- it could make the RSD worsen
and may spread.

40 percent of all patients have seem 10 or more doctors since getting RSD.

RSD patients do not want their loved ones to know how painful the disease

A drop in the barometric pressure increases the pain in nearly 3 out of 4

RSD spreads in up to 80 percent of cases with only 8 percent of these cases
being full body or systemic.

The overall response rate to treatment is poor with over 50 percent of
patients reporting significant pain and sometimes disability years later.

RSD pain is ranked 42 on the McGill pain index, which means it is rated as
the most painful chronic pain disease that exists .

RSD occurs in approximately 1 to 15 percent of cases of peripheral nerve
injury .

“ . . . The pain of RSD is enough to drive anybody out of their mind but
      what I admire is the fact that RSD patients still keep their sanity. . . ”
                                                                Dr H. Hooshmand, M. D., P.A.

"If Hell were a clinical medical condition, it might look something like reflex sympathetic dystrophy or RSD." 
                                                        Tom Haederle - Johns Hopkins University  


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