10 Things People Ask About RSD


The 10 Most Common Questions About RSD

crpsYou may already know about complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), but didn’t realize it. That’s because you might have heard it called causalgia, Sudeck’s atrophy, algodystrophie, shoulder-hand syndrome, or reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), among others. This kaleidoscope of names through history has traditionally added to the difficulty in diagnosing CRPS. Today, it is better known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy or – preferred by the medical community – complex regional pain syndrome.

As the medical community realized that these differently named chronic conditions were actually the same neurological disorder, treatment began to take on a focus. Today, advanced medical clinics like NSI Stem Cell Centers in Florida are taking the mystery out of treating CRPS/RSD.* Regenerative medicine techniques like stem cell therapy are bringing long-sought relief to sufferers who have been told too often that “nothing can be done” or “it’s all in your mind.”*

FDA guidelines-compliant stem cell therapy is available to the public for the treatment of an ever-growing list of illnesses, injuries and chronic conditions. In the case of neurological conditions, the success of stem cell therapy is being seen in diseases such as chronic neuropathy and multiple sclerosis.* Now this advanced medical technique is available to those who suffer from CRPS/RSD.*

If you or a loved one has recently been diagnosed with CRPS/RSD, you probably have a lot of questions. Here are some of the most commonly asked:

10 Commonly Asked Questions about CRPS/RSD

  1. Where did my CRPS/RSD come from?

Complex regional pain syndrome is a rare, but very real, reaction to an injury that has affected the body’s nerve system. When it happens, it often results from injuries such as to the spine or bones. Sometimes, CRPS/RSD follows surgery or when one of the body’s limbs has been forced to be stationary (such as with bone breaks) for a prolonged amount of time.

But CRPS/RSD can arise in virtually any part of the body. It is also capable of spreading to nearly any region of the body. This is because, at its core, CRPS/RSD is the result of nerve damage. So, wherever the body has nerves, complex regional pain syndrome can occur.

  1. What is the difference between CRPS and RSD?

Historically, this is one of the reasons why CRPS/RSD has been difficult to recognize. Because of what was once thought of as unexplainable or psychosomatic symptoms, complex regional syndrome has been labeled by many names. Often, interested researchers were scattered across the globe and collaboration was rare.

Today, the disorder is known in medical circles as complex regional pain syndrome, or CRPS. In the general public it is still often called reflex sympathetic dystrophy, RSD.

CRPS/RSD is categorized as two main types:

  • CRPS type 1 is most often associated with an injury to the soft tissues. These include burns, sprains, strains, and tears. Bursitis, arthritis, and tendonitis are also sometimes associated with CRPS/RSD. CRPS type 1 is generally associated with minor nerve injury.
  • CRPS type 2 is most often associated with damage to the major nerves. This type of CRPS/RSD is typically easier to diagnosed, as it is generally involved with a clearly defined nerve injury.
  1. Does CRPS/RSD affect the memory?

Yes, it can. CRPS/RSD is known to have an effect on short-term memory. This is because complex regional pain syndrome can affect the brain’s limbic system of the brain. The limbic system is one of the oldest components of the human brain, and is associated with both mental function and emotion. If you are experiencing symptoms like depression or insomnia, these may be due to CRPS/RSD’s affect on the limbic system as well.

  1. Do medications help CRPS/RSD?

It depends. Some medications work better than others, and every sufferer of CRPS/RSD differs in how much relief they feel. Medications, too, often lose their effectiveness over time. But, prior to the development of stem cell therapy, medication was a sufferer’s only choice. Today, stem cell therapy offers sufferers of CRPS/RSD a safe, effective alternative to drugs.* That’s because stem cell therapy addresses the causes of complex regional pain syndrome rather than just treat symptoms alone.*

  1. Does CRPS/RSD spread from the original area it has affected?

It most certainly can. Seventy percent of all CRPS/RSD cases tend to spread beyond the original site of injury. If you thought this symptom of complex regional pain syndrome was “all in your mind,” rest assured it isn’t. In fact, the American Journal of Medicine reports that this element of the disorder has been recognized since 1976.

Moreover, CRPS/RSD will not only track along specific paths (for example: hand to arm; foot to leg), but may also flow or move from the originally affected side of the body to the other (ex: left foot to right foot, right hand to left hand).

  1. I’ve heard conflicting information about using ice packs or hot/cold therapy to ease my CRPS/RSD pain. Should I do hot/cold therapy or ice pack application, or not?

Some doctors and physical therapists that do not regularly treat CRPS/RSD have been known to advise the use of ice packs or hot/cold therapy. But specialists who treat CRPS/RSD do not recommend this except under extreme circumstances. The use of ice can potentially damage tissue and nerves further. Ice packs or hot/cold therapy also has the potential to worsen the symptoms of complex regional pain syndrome or possibly cause it to spread.

  1. Can CRPS/RSD cause dental problems?

Yes, as a root cause. People who suffer from CRPS/RSD have reported problems like dry mouth, which can contribute to receding gums and the formation of cavities in addition to other dental problems. CRPS/RSD can also cause severs sensitivity to cold and hot foods and drinks. Additionally, the pain associated with complex regional pain syndrome can often cause an aversion to going for regular dental care, which, in turn, worsens dental diseases.

  1. Is CRPS/RSD causing my excessive sweating?

It certainly can be. Many sufferers report excess sweating, while others have the opposite problem. In some cases, these two polar opposites can cycle back and forth.

  1. Does complex regional pain syndrome affect nail or hair growth?

It does. Unusually fast growth, a change in growth patterns, or times of no growth at all can affect finger and toe nails, as well as hair. These changes can occur for weeks, months or even years at a time, and varies from patient to patient.

  1. Where can I get stem cell therapy for CRPS/RSD?

NSI Stem Cell Centers in Florida is an advanced medical clinic that practices FDA guidelines-compliant regenerative medicine. NSI has safe, effective therapies for illnesses and conditions that range from joint and tendon injuries to chronic diseases like diabetes, COPD and Parkinson’s disease.*

What to Look for in a Stem Cell Medical Clinic

When searching for a qualified stem cell therapy center it’s important to remember that not all of them are created equal. Stem cells, when used properly, are your body’s most powerful means for healing that can repair everything from ligaments, tendons, and cartilage to organs including your liver, pancreas and lungs and even neurological tissue like your brain, nerves and spinal cord.

Unfortunately, the majority of so-called “regenerative medicine clinics” in the world aren’t trained in the latest, most technologically advanced procedures and will, therefore, provide poor results if any.

The good news is the National Stem Cell Institute (NSI) has established the most advanced stem cell and platelet rich plasma procedures on the planet which has drawn patients from all over the world as well as professional athletes and celebrities because they are recognized as the best in the world at stem cell therapy.


What makes NSI Stem Cell the top stem cell clinic in the world is demonstrated in 5 key areas:

1. Highly trained and experienced, board-certified doctors and team members who have performed stem cell procedures on thousands of patients with incredible results.

2. Cutting edge procedures utilizing all that regenerative medicine has to offer for many chronic degenerative conditions.

3. Leading scientific researchers who follow the advanced guidelines to maximize the healing potential of your stem cells and to maintain compliance and ethics

4. Use of only the most potent and viable resource of living, viable stem cells and harvested on the same day. No vial that you can purchase will contain living stem cells. If there is no harvest then there are no stem cells.

5. Post-operative guidance for supporting stem-cell growth including rehabilitation, diet and supplement protocols. NSI is a full-service healthcare center focused on patient outcomes. Stem cell therapy is only one tool used to help improve patients’ lives.

Patients have raved about their experience at NSI Stem Cell Clinics testifying that it was their unique cutting-edge procedures that helped them experience a breakthrough when nothing else worked.

If you want to learn more about NSI Stem Cell Clinics, you can set up a complimentary consultation today to see if you are a candidate. You can contact the National Stem Cell Institute at (877) 278-3623.

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* Disclaimer: Individual patient results may vary. As each patient’s problem is different, each treatment must be tailored around your specific needs.