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Is there a connection between RA and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome?

Hi, I am a 48 year old female with RA, I'm on Methotrexate and Humira. I have pain and stiffness mainly in my hands. Just before Christmas I fell and broke my left wrist. I'm out of plaster now, but throughout I have had excessive pain. My wrist is now hot, painful and sensitive. My doctor has queried that I may have Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. I just wondered if anyone on 'Healthunlocked' had heard of it? Many thanks

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Hello, I broke my left wrist in two places 8 years ago. While it was in plaster, it never felt right. It went very sweaty,then cold, then pins and needles and hurt. I didn't say anything to my consultant but when he took the plaster off he said ' oh, it's not supposed to look like that!' and told me I had CRP, aka regional sympathetic dystrophy. Took a couple of years of being in and out of plaster, lots of pain until more normal again. My husband, family, me AND ORTHOPAEDIC SURGEON all believe there is a connection as I started to get more widespread pain, then got angiodaema (immune system problem) and a couple of doses of shingles then the RA diagnosis. Very busy 3 years medically! They can try giving you anti-epilepsy drugs which I couldn't have due to angio. hope you get on ok, take care xxx Virge


Thanks Virge, I've been started on Gabapentin now and I'm going to physio' today. All the best


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