...anyone else suffered?
Foudn out last night that my fat leg is 'RSD'.
Anyone else had this, experiences....tips for dealing with it?
Little literarure on the subject....well there is some, but very little 'knowledge'.
At the moment I am using a TENS machine, and trying to use the leg as much as sensibly poissible given that I have another injury in it, the exact extent of which is unknown at present.
((Nick)), I've known people with this. As you say, there's not an awful amount of knowledge about the condition as it's a relatively recent discovery. One lady I know suffered for years having been labelled a hypochondriac - even though there was obvious swelling and skin change of the affected area. I think one of the problems is that this (and the associated 'complex pain syndrome) often occurs after a relatively minor injury so no-one used to anticipate much in the way of chronic problems.
Have you looked at the RSD support arena ?
nope..not looked...just been reading up about it.
I went non-weight bearing on injured leg about 10dys ago, and this started after about 4. Its fecking painful. Will have a looksie at the support thing. Thanks.
Im in a tricky situation of needing to rest the injured leg, yet things i read say you need to use it to help RSD
Blimey Nick! Just been reading about it.
ive just read some of the stories on the support group. They are horrible, and to be honest, i wish i had not read them.
Why do they not have any positive stories?
My head is now thinking 'what if I am unable to recover from this'. If this sticks around, I will be unable to run...ever again. That might sound melodramatic, and perhaps is, but there are some cases of this sticking around for a long time.
no need to apologise slugsta...im probably more conscious of the negatives in the cse studies....which tended to be long term...lots of misdiagnosis (im lucky - it was identified about a week after it started) so thats good.
Oddly I am much more worried about this than the Stress Rection/Fracture in the leg that has kicked this off!. There is an established treatment for that, whereas this seems so much more unknown/unclear
I should get a grip and crack on with trying to treat it myself before my consulation on tue for the SR/SF
by input if you mean drugs, then nothing, as it was only spotted yesterday afternoon.
Seems that the best are either anti-depressants or anti-epilepsy as they work on nervous system
If you dont mean drugs i dont know what you mean.
I had a similar problem pain remaining long after original injury had healed. Amitriptyline (prescribed by my GP) alleviated the pain and consequent depression. There are side effects for the first few days and it takes several weeks to work, but it was a life saver for me.
thank you WW - I have noted it and will discuss it with the consultant who I will be seeing on Tuesday.
Nick, I meant had you been referred to a pain specialist or someone with experience of RSD. The average GP doesn't usually see enough cases to be expert in it's management.
I've just been reading about this too. Sounds depressing.
I know what it's like to be plagued with injury so empathise with your pain. I hope you recover soon.
Slugsta and Matt - perhaps i should give a potted history of whats been going on:
That is a very simplified version of everthing over the past few weeks.
I should add that I have a lot of faith in my physio....she is well respected and very good.
On tue i intend to get a diagnosis of the Stress reaction/fracture (hopefully via bone scan)...and then deal with the RSD....as the paradox is that rest is needed for the SR/SF...yet use is needed for the RSD. I know a few osteopaths who have agreed with this.
As i understand it....one of the things that can trigger it off, is switch to non-weight bearing and/or being put into a cast. (as well as a minor trauma) ......
I thnk that is about it.....blimey...need to go back to bed.
Nick ... just to say i hope it can sorted soon for you...
Thanks Seren...im feeling a little bit more positive today. I posted my melodramtic post yesterday after readong a couple of horrific case studeis (which is never a good idea) but also an academic article, which freaked me more so.
Have a friend at running club give me a bit of a talking to and she had a prolapsed disc...and she is an osteopath (ironic or what...especially as she didnt spot it coming...but there was nothing to spot at first!), so was in a more serious situation than me. Dont read the scare stories....
I know it won't make you better but I thought you might like this.....
Just a thought Nick, and obv I haven't seen or assessed you, but have you had DVT (deep vein thrombosis) ruled out? That would also fit with the history of a fat, painful leg especially in the context of enforced rest.
If it is RSD, big sympathies. What kind of consultant are you seeing?
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