RSD stands for Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy. It’s also known as CRPS – Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. But I don’t think CRPS is really used anymore. This happens when the nerves that control pain sensation act all crazy and cause a lot of pain. So, you don’t have to move much at all and not much has to touch it and your arm hurts like hell. I’ve only seen this happen in the arm, I would imagine it can happen in the leg too. I just read this and it talked about Shoulder-Hand Syndrome after a stroke. I had never heard that term. It’s the same thing as RSD, but it’s coming from your brain, I guess that’s the difference. In RSD, the actual nerves in your arm are messed up. As a physical therapist, I considered it a good thing when someone’s arm would start to hurt after a stroke. That meant recovery to me. You’d rather have pain than no sensation at all.
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