What is RSDS? How it is related to fibromyalgia.

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Reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome (RSDS) and fibromyalgia are two closely related disorders that are often confused with each other. RSDS is more commonly known as “complex regional pain syndrome.”

When the two disorders are in one person, life can be very difficult and painful. While there are treatments for both disorders, understanding their differences is important to help you make sure that the source of your pain is diagnosed correctly, as the treatments for each are radically different.

What is RSDS?
Regional sympathetic dystrophy syndrome is a very rare disorder of the sympathetic nervous system. The group of symptoms for RSDS includes joint pain, nerve pain, muscle stiffness, trouble sleeping, disorientation, changes in hair and nail growth, and patchy skin discoloration.

Also known as complex regional pain syndrome. There is no known cause for RSDS, although there is a recognized genetic component that has just been discovered. Treatment for RSDS included medications, pain control, nerve blocks, and disruptive surgery to kill nerves in a specific region of the body.

Who is at risk?
Anyone can develop RSDS, although it is more common in those who have had a family member who has also had the disorder. It is believed that severe physical trauma and traumatic brain injury may also increase your risk of developing the syndrome. There is some slight evidence that people with fibromyalgia may also be at risk of developing the syndrome as well.

What is fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder characterized by a set of symptoms that are more recognizable by the presence of generalized joint and muscle pain, as well as muscle stiffness.

Other symptoms may include sleep disorders, IBS, depression, recurrent yeast infections, chronic susceptibility to cold and flu, and cervical stenosis. It is a progressive disorder, but not a terminal illness.

It can develop any time after the age of 18, although there are some cases when children have developed fibromyalgia. It can occur in both men and women, although it is diagnosed more frequently in women. Symptoms last a lifetime, but tend to decrease after menopause.

Why is it so difficult to diagnose these disorders?
The diagnosis of fibromyalgia has been highly controversial over the years because it lacked definitive evidence and was based on the reporting of patient symptoms.

Recently, two new findings may be leading to a series of tests, a blood test for fibromyalgia and a brain imaging scanner that could also make diagnosis much easier.

Diagnosing RSDS has many of the same problems as fibromyalgia, but there are some neurological tests and observational symptoms that are unique to the disorder that can make it easier to detect.

That said, one of the difficulties in diagnosing RSDS is that many physicians are unfamiliar with the syndrome and are therefore less likely to perform diagnostic tests.

Reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome and fibromyalgia
There is a growing body of evidence suggesting that people with fibromyalgia may also be at increased risk for reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome (SDDS).

It is believed that the stress of chronic pain and recurrent cases of inflammation can lead to the type of sympathetic nervous system disorder that people with RSDS experience.

Just because you have fibromyalgia does not mean that you will also get RSDS. Diet and lifestyle treatments, plus pain and anti-inflammatory medications used to treat fibromyalgia can help prevent trauma related to the disorder in the nervous system that would cause the development of the syndrome.

If you are diagnosed with both, you should talk to your doctor about possible courses of treatment.

What to do if your doctor says you have both?
If your doctor returns a diagnosis of reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome (SDDS) and fibromyalgia, you should be very proactive in your care and treatment.

You and your doctor will need to be involved in a process to identify which symptoms belong to which diagnosis in your disorders and which are shared. This is essential to ensure that you are testing what will be the most effective form of treatment for relief.

Some of the more aggressive treatments for RSDS, such as nerve deactivation, are not appropriate for managing fibromyalgia-related pain. While you’re discovering the best approach, both diagnoses are known to be proactive with lifestyle changes that can be of great help.

Be proactive with changes in diet and lifestyle.
Choose to learn more about the foods you should and should not eat to help control inflammation and other symptoms associated with SDDS and fibromyalgia. Avoiding foods like nighthade plants and additives like NutraSweet and aspartame have been known to help reduce inflammation.

Alternative treatments also need to be explored. Some of the treatments like acuPara both conditions. Also, staying active is a must. The more your joints and muscles move, the more the body can heal and help you manage pain by releasing appropriate hormones to control pain. You may need to take prescription pain medications to start developing the exercise habit. Understand the purpose of pain medications. Pain medications are not meant to take away your pain, but to reduce your pain to a more tolerable level. . Too much pain medication can cause even worse problems than the original disorder. The best course of action is to take enough medication to make the pain manageable so that you can begin to be active again. Physical activity is still the best way to control muscle, joint, and nerve pain. Finding ways to improve your quality of life Whether you have reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome (SDDS) or fibromyalgia, or just one, you should also be proactive to ensure you’re still committed to life. Chronic pain, depression, and isolation are a common triad. Make an effort to stay connected. Join support groups. Never give up. Chronic pain is something you can learn to live with and also enjoy life again. Finding ways to improve your quality of life Whether you have reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome (SDDS) or fibromyalgia, or just one, you should also be proactive to ensure you’re still committed to life. Chronic pain, depression, and isolation are a common triad. Make an effort to stay connected. Join support groups. Never give up. Chronic pain is something you can learn to live with and also enjoy life again. Finding ways to improve your quality of life Whether you have reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome (SDDS) or fibromyalgia, or just one, you should also be proactive to ensure you’re still committed to life. Chronic pain, depression, and isolation are a common triad. Make an effort to stay connected. Join support groups. Never give up. Chronic pain is something you can learn to live with and also enjoy life again. Never give up. Chronic pain is something you can learn to live with and also enjoy life again. Never give up. Chronic pain is something you can learn to live with and also enjoy life again.

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