Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy: a Rose by Any Other Name

Have you ever heard of Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy? No? Well, perhaps you’ve heard of its other name: Complex Region Pain Syndrome. If even this is not familiar to you, well, if you’ve been experiencing discomfiting things in your body, such as intense pain, extreme tenderness of the skin, fluctuating temperatures and color and other such symptoms, then wonder no more, as you are a victim of CRPS. This is a neurological condition, constant, hard to diagnose and even harder to treat.

People who are afflicted with this disease and the doctors who are trying to treat them are really having a hard time in the treatments because the disease, whether mild or severe, is very stubborn. There are times when conventional medicine such as drugs and physical therapy does not work, and this is when people can turn to the non-conventional healing practices. Acupuncture is one method where people suffering from RSD and CRPS have said that it helps ease the pain that they feel.

RSD and CRPS usually target areas that bear a load of physical activity such as the back, the limbs and the bones, and because they are so weak, they can swell up severely, looking very bruised. This area becomes very painful when touched if the person is suffering from RSD. Even the deeper muscles, nerves and bones will feel a stinging pain if pressure is applied to the area. So sensitivity is so severe, even the light touch of cloth can create agony.

Movement will be severely limited, and physical touch from other people will become hard to endure because of the resulting pain. Sports and other physical activities such as exercise and leisure activities will be virtually impossible. This is a very hard thing for active and outgoing people to face because it’s a radical change in lifestyle.

The reason why acupuncture greatly helps in easing pain from RDS and CRPS is that it is especially for joints and limbs, which are the very areas that the diseases will affect. This Ancient Chinese treatment is already popular these days, even with non-RDS and CRPS sufferers because it helps the body get back into gear. While this sound ridiculous the healthy effects of acupuncture has been proven by science, unlike other modern treatments whose effect and side effects have not been fully discovered. Acupuncture may be able to succeed in easing RSD where other treatments have not.

If you’re scared of the thought of having needles stuck into your skin if you take acupuncture, then make sure you read up. Remember, the more you know about something, the less likely you’ll fear it. At least you’ll know what you’re getting into, and you’ll be able to weigh the pain against the benefits of acupuncture. Once you’ve decided to do it, then make sure you’re truly ready, and that the person that is going to administer the treatment is a licensed professional. Then, you’ll be one your way to a tomorrow less dominated by Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy and Complex Region Pain Syndrome.