Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) VS Fibromyalgia


Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Types

There are two types of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, CRPS 1 and CRPS 2.

CRPS 1, previously known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome (RSDS), is usually triggered by a tissue injury but without the presence of any nerve injury.

CRPS 2 or Causalgia is also triggered by an injury but involves trauma to peripheral nerve and hence is a neurological disorder. The term Causalgia was first coined in the Civil War to refer to the intense pain that veterans feel after their wounds were healed.

Despite the difference in nature, people suffering from CRPS 1 and CRPS 2 experience similar symptoms. Complex regional pain syndrome can occur at any point in the patient’s life. The pain disorder affects both male and female. However, experts agree that CRPS occurs more frequently in young females.


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