Reflex sympathetic dystrophy can be triggered due to any injury, surgery, degenerative arthritis of the neck, carpal tunnel syndrome. The common symptoms of this condition are pain, tenderness, and swelling of an extremity associated with varying degrees of sweating, warmth and/or coolness, flushing, discoloration, and shiny skin. Diagnosis is based on the clinical features, blood tests .Plain film X-ray testing and MRI scanning can show patchy thinning or significant osteoporosis. Treatment is cool, moist applications to the affected areas; exercises.ESR is raised in any inflammation. A high CRP is seen in arthritis, infections and cancer. A clinical correlation of all the test results is important. Do discuss it with your doctor. I sincerely hope it helps.
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