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Will My Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Ever Go Away?

Will My Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Ever Go Away?

Experiencing pain after an injury, like a deep cut or fracture, is completely normal. When the pain lingers on after appropriate healing, however, you might be dealing with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). While the exact cause isn’t well understood, you hold a higher risk for CRPS if you’re female or had a heart attack, stroke, or surgery. Thankfully, there are effective ways to manage and minimize your symptoms.

At California Pain Medicine Center in Santa Monica, California, expert pain management specialists, Dr. Joshua Prager and Dr. Gabriel Barnard, diagnose and treat CRPS so you can lead a fuller, more comfortable daily life. Take a few moments to learn more about this condition, including what you can expect in terms of your recovery. 

CRPS symptoms

CRPS can cause a range of symptoms, such as:

In some cases, CRPS symptoms spread from the original area to other parts of your body, such as the opposing hand, foot, or limb. And if symptoms go untreated, they can progress and become more debilitating.

CRPS treatments

Once you’ve been diagnosed with CRPS, after a comprehensive exam and perhaps an imaging test like an X-ray or MRI, your provider at California Pain Medicine Center will recommend a treatment plan. Depending on the specifics of your symptoms and your overall health, your may include:

Other potential treatments include antidepressants, anticonvulsants, corticosteroids, ketamine infusions, nerve-blocking medications, acupuncture, and mirror therapy. During mirror therapy, you watch your reflection as you move the healthy limb, in an attempt to trick your brain into perceiving it as the affected limb. 

How long CRPS symptoms last

CRPS can be acute, meaning it comes on and resolves relatively quickly, or become chronic, lasting longer than six months. While there is no rapid way to dissolve your symptoms, most people gradually experience improvements over time. 

You may also notice that symptoms flare up or diminish periodically as they heal or learn to manage the effects of CRPS. If that happens, it’s generally not cause for alarm but a natural part of the healing journey. Symptoms can also recur after you’ve reached a full recovery because of a trigger, such as cold temperatures or intense stress. 

To learn more about complex regional pain syndrome or get the care you need, call our office or request an appointment through our website.  

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