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Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, also known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome (RSD) is a malfunction of the nervous system that affects up to 1.2 million Americans.

A disorder that is often poorly understood by medical professionals as well as patients and their families, this life altering affliction develops in response to an event, such as an accident or medical procedure, that the body regards as traumatic. Experts surmise that this pain syndrome, which is characterized by severe and relentless pain, may follow 5% of all injuries.

The main symptom of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome is intense pain, often described as “burning”. Although often viewed by medical professionals as a relatively new medical diagnosis, this syndrome was first described after the Civl War when soldiers reported feeling intense “hot pain” long after their wounds had healed.

Recently, an excellent referrence book has been published which will be very helpful to attorney’s and pateints dealing with this disease. The book is titled, “Complex Regional Pain Syndrome: A Medical Dictionary, Bibliography, And Annotated Research Guide To Internet References” Highly recommended.


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