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A patient will receive an RSD diagnosis following thorough examinations and testing by medical professionals. Patients should know that:
- There is not one specific test available to identify RSD.
- The diagnosis of RSD is based on testing, examinations and medical history.
- Physical effects can be mild or intense. Symptoms may decrease, and then intensify.
- Pain can be excessive and continual.
- All ages experience RSD, although it is more common in adults 25 to 55.
There are other diseases with symptoms that are similar to RSD. Testing can rule out the presence of these conditions. MRIs and bone scans may also show bone metabolism associated with the disorder.
Diagnosis of Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
An early diagnosis of Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy provides the most promising potential for remission. RSD treatment following a diagnosis includes: pain control, physical therapy and counseling. Recovery from reflex sympathetic dystrophy is unique to each person. Chronic pain, permanent physical changes, problems with movement, and even disability can result. If patients have injury-related pain and abnormal swelling that does not improve as expected, they should seek prompt medical care since the accurate diagnosing of RSD can be important to a successful course of treatment.
Do I Have RSD?
The primary symptom of RSD is pain in affected areas which may spread throughout a limb. Sensitivity in the area can also be extreme, with even a gentle touch causing discomfort. If you notice an excessive physical response following trauma, it is critical to ask a physician: Do I have RSD?.
When a Reflex Sympathetic Syndrome diagnosis is linked to medical negligence or accidental injury, you should consider calling an RSD attorney. Our lawyers have in-depth knowledge of the syndrome and its impact on quality of life. Call us day or night!