A New Technique For Sympathetic Pain (RSD/CRPS).

Before I discuss what’s new for the treatment of sympathetic pain, we need to define exactly what this condition is. There are a number of names for it, reflex sympathetic dystrophy is one, another is complex regional pain syndrome. Whatever you call it, pain related to the sympathetic nervous system is a real challenge. It just doesn't seem to go away. It usually starts with an injury, often associated with a nerve and typically in the arms or legs. You see, in some unfortunate people, the original injury heals, but for some unknown reason, the nerves that control the blood vessels malfunction. The condition gets its name from these nerves, known as sympathetic nerves, which become chronically over-excited. This is why this pain syndrome is also known as sympathetically maintained pain, because it is driven by the sympathetic nervous system.

Complex regional pain is related to dysfunction in the sympathetic nervous system.

The sympathetic nerves control internal bodily function, like body temperature through the regulation of blood supply. Sympathetic pain symptoms show up differently in individual patients, but the textbook symptoms include unrelenting pain, localized changes in sweat production, and changes in the skin temperature of the painful region. Remember these are the classic symptoms; you may or may not have them all. A Stellate ganglion block is used for treatment using a long needle and requiring imaging guidance. However, recent research has found that this ganglion can be blocked without using a needle or imaging. We have been providing these non-invasive Stellate ganglion blocks to our patients with truly exciting results.

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