Dealing with burning pain due to RSD? Your daily routine will definitely play a part in wellness. Find a very knowledgable Physical Therapist using nerve glides, flossing the neuro system & by releasing scar tissue, increasing activity for circulation using a stationary bike so there is no pounding and jarring of the sipnal column by running or treadmill. Soft stretches and nerve glides, utilize water therapy, keeping the internal thermometer cool, massages, accupunture and accupressure may be of help for some. Don’t forget the LIDODERM PATCHES from your pratitioner. Weather conditions is always a fun game to control your RSD; be proactive. Ailments, injury, stress, repetitive functions creating muscle spasms and overuse creates additional swelling and pain weather you are RSD type 1 or type 2. So, see your doctor(s) as needed to control the pain. Its all about finding that balance, anoyingly frustrating but do-able.
And remember “no pain, no gain” does not coincide with RSD and or TOS.
Here are a few links to help you understand and find a solution to calm the pain from spreading.
Overview of Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)/Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), also called complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), is a chronic, painful, and progressive neurological condition that affects the skin, muscles, joints and bones. The syndrome usually develops in an injured limb, such as a broken leg (e.g., ankle fracture, or following surgery. However, many cases of RSD involve only a minor injury, such as a sprain (e.g., ankle sprain). And in some cases, no precipitating event can be identified.
“In true RSD, there is a decrease in the local blood flow of the injured part. If allowed to persist, then the cold, sweaty and swollen skin of stage 1 progressively gets worse until there is loss of range of motion or even loss of muscle mass (stage 2). In even more severe cases, the bones may thin as well (stage 3).
In RSD, the sympathetic nerve is felt to be overacting. Liken it to a car engine that is dieseling: the ignition is off, yet the engine is still on. In this case the sympathetic nerve stays on, even when the injury itself is old and no longer represents a new injury.
In the past, diagnostic studies were not that helpful for this disorder, so most doctors who knew anything about it at all felt that performing a sympathetic ganglion block could prove a diagnosis of RSD. This block is supposed to stop the ganglion from dieseling, and therefore decreased pain and increased blood flow should occur once the block is done.”
RSD Forum: http://neurotalk.psychcentral.com/forum21.html