There are many different medical conditions with which you can be diagnosed after a serious vehicle accident. Did you know that complex regional pain syndrome is a life altering and debilitating condition that may be associated with a slip and fall accident or a motor vehicle crash? This condition includes regionalized pain in the area in which the person sustained significant trauma.
Usually, this manifests in the form of chronic pain for the accident victim. It is believed that the syndrome is caused by damage to the central and peripheral nervous systems. Any person who is suffering from CRPS may experience prolonged and excessive pain.
One of the key ways to identify that you are suffering from complex regional pain syndrome is to notice that there is a skin color change and temperature change in the injured area. CRPS may also be identified by swelling in the area. Some of the following symptoms can indicate that you need to speak to your doctor about complex regional pain syndrome:
- Joint stiffness
- Abnormal sweating
- Changes in skin texture
- Constant swelling of the affected limb
- Reduced ability to move the limb
- Jerking, fixed abnormal limb postures, or tremors
- Changes in the patterns of nail or hair growth on the affected limb
Individuals who have been diagnosed with CRPS will have problems with their peripheral nerves that are used to send pain signals to the brain. Blood vessels may become too dilated or constrict too much, causing temperature and swelling changes in the area. Being diagnosed with this condition can make your life more difficult and may lead to invasive and painful treatments. Consulting with a personal injury attorney is strongly recommended.