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5. Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy

Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) is a painful condition that usually affects the upper or lower extremities. Reflex sympathetic dystrophy pain is severe, burning, sharp and the effected areas are extremely sensitive to touch or even temperature changes with the skin turning blue. This is a progressive disease, which means you must have aggressive and early treatment to stop or slow the progression of the disease process. Pain specialists can provide medication that can even block the nerves that interrupt the pain signals reducing your pain intensity. RSD can be caused by injury to a nerve or can be cause by something like a simple trauma. Sometimes there even isn’t an injury.

The pain is mediated by the sympathetic nervous systems, one of the finest defense mechanisms. But unfortunately, the sympathetic nervous system overreacts causing this puzzling and painful condition.

If you suffer from Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy you may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits if you are no longer able to work. Contact RSD Social Security Disability expert Sharon Barrett for more information on your rights to Social Security Disability benefits.