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Like a tree's root system, the human nervous system is delicate and made up of thousands of tiny endings. When an injury occurs, the nerves in the area may also be damaged, sometimes without the notice of a doctor initially. In serious cases, the nerve damage results in Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, or CRPS.
CRPS is a syndrome in which the nerves in a previously injured area, even if there was not a severe or serious injury, are damaged. The damage prevents the nerves from controlling blood flow, feeling or sensation, and temperature in the affected area. As a consequence, medical problems in the blood vessels, bones, muscles, additional nerves, and skin can result.
Like many illnesses and ailments, CRPS can be diagnosed in stages. There are three broad stages that can be diagnosed, each with different symptoms. The stages progress in the severity of the CRPS.
Unfortunately for those suffering from Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, there is no cure for the problem. Most treatment focuses on slowing the syndrome's progress and alleviating the symptoms that are being felt or endured.
This type of syndrome frequently occurs following injury to a leg or to an arm but can also be caused by direct damage to a nerve. Additionally, sometimes it just occurs.
Common symptoms of CRPS include continuous or throbbing pain; sensitivity to touch or to temperature changes; swelling; changes in skin temperature, color, and texture; differences in hair and nail growth; joint stiffness, swelling, and damage, and muscle spasms.
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