Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) is a chronic condition that causes pain in a specific region of your body, such as an arm or a leg. Jessen Mukalel, MD, offers state-of-the-art infusion therapy to relieve RSD symptoms at InfusionMD in The Woodlands, Texas. If you have RSD or another chronic pain condition, call the practice or schedule a consultation online today to discover if infusion therapy is right for you.

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Q & A

What is RSD?

RSD is a disorder that causes chronic pain in a specific area of your body, like an arm or leg. It’s also another term for Type 1 complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS).

RSD symptoms usually emerge after an injury or another traumatic health experience, such as a stroke or heart attack. Your symptoms could include:

  • Deep, aching, cold, or burning pain
  • Increased skin sensitivity
  • Allodynia (pain from something that shouldn’t be uncomfortable, like a shower)
  • Swelling
  • Abnormal hair and nail growth
  • Skin color changes
  • Weakness
  • Limited range of motion

Some patients might also experience irregular sweating, or the affected part of their body could be a different temperature than the rest of the body.

What causes RSD?

Medical researchers believe that the condition could be due to abnormalities in your sympathetic nervous system. These nerves control your blood flow, blood pressure, temperature regulation, and other body functions.

When you’re injured, your sympathetic nervous system tells your blood vessels to contract so you don’t lose too much blood. As you heal, your blood vessels dilate to send blood and nutrients so your body can repair your tissue.

RSD disrupts your nerve signals, which can lead to pain, swelling, and other symptoms.

When should I talk to a doctor about RSD?

You should make an appointment with Dr. Mukalel at InfusionMD if you have chronic pain that disrupts your ability to function and your overall quality of life.

Many chronic pain conditions are challenging to diagnose and treat, affecting your mental and emotional health. As an experienced interventional pain management expert, Dr. Mukalel can identify pain problems and provide personalized treatment plans.

How does infusion therapy treat RSD?

At Infusion MD, Dr. Mukalel offers various infusions for chronic pain conditions like RSD, including ketamine and lidocaine. Both of these medications are anesthetics that affect the way your nervous system sends and interprets pain signals.

Infusion therapy delivers the medication directly into your bloodstream, allowing Dr. Mukalel to control your dose and tailor it specifically to your needs.

Infusion therapy is a relaxing experience. You rest in a comfortable chair while you receive your infusion and can listen to music or nap.

Call InfusionMD today or make an appointment online if you’re looking for an innovative, customized approach to managing RSD pain.

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