RSD/CRPS produces true chronic pain in patients that exceeds all scales of pain measurement and results in some very unique physical changes to their body including vision change and blurring, says Alabama liability attorney.
RSD/CRPS can cause your vision to blur and lose focus, but this is a symptom that not all patients experience. But for those that do, at times vision can blur when trying to look at things close to them, sometimes the blur is far sighted, and sometimes even both. The blurred vision does not sound so bad right? Wrong, imagine trying to read a book and because of your squinting due to blurred vision you develop an intense headache. Imagine trying to work in your office when suddenly you can not use your own computer to work because you have difficulty making out what anything says and you start making mistakes. Vision problems can be very difficult for RSD patients to cope with.
RSD patients frequently develop blurring of vision, reading difficulty, problem with focusing, dizziness in the form of vertiginous attacks (either the body or the objects moving around). As well as hearing problems such as buzzing in the ear (tinnitus).
It is immaterial which part of the body has had the damage causing RSD. As the enclosed figure shows, the sympathetic nervous system is intermingled and connected through sympathetic ganglia which are on each side of the vertebrae from lower cervical spine region all the way down to the tail bone. This chain of sympathetic connections causes the spread of RSD to symptoms and signs both across the midline to the opposite side (from hand to hand or from foot to foot) and vertically up and down the spine. As a result, the patient may have RSD due to a knee injury or injury to the foot or hand and yet may develop stimulation and abnormal function of the sympathetic system causing constriction of the blood vessels to the brain. When the blood vessels are constricted in the distribution of vertebral arteries in the cervical spine and in the distribution of the blood vessels providing circulation for the hearing center and brainstem, the patient develops attacks of dizziness, trouble with focusing with the eyes (due to brainstem dysfunction which has the responsibility of coordinating the eye movements), and buzzing in the ears (tinnitus).
Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy is a poorly understood disorder of the peripheral autonomic nervous system, resulting in poorly localized hyperalgesia (increasing sensitivity to pain stimuli), sudomotor and vascular changes, and trophic skin changes. One study found the incidence to be 12%. Risk factors for RSD appear to be quite similar to those seen in HO (describes bone formation at an abnormal anatomical site, usually in soft tissue) so detection and diagnosis in persons with Traumatic Brain Injury ( TBI) may be difficult. Although this is primarily a clinical diagnosis, especially in the nonverbal or confused patient. Treatment for RSD in this population is similar to that in others: Physical Therapy; Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs); Stellate Ganglion Blockade.
Deep Venous Thromboembolism (DVT) is the non-musculoskeletal complication most likely to be confused with HO and RSD, but also may be one of the issues these patients may have to address and deal with. Deep vein thrombosis, which can develop if you’re sitting still for a long time, such as when traveling by plane, car or if you have certain medical conditions that limit your mobility affecting how your blood clots.
Belt Law Firm, P.C., is an Alabama law firm with extensive national experience in representing RSD/CRPS afflicted persons and handling RSD/CRPS cases with a focus on regional litigation in Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Arkansas, Mississippi, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado and Delaware. To learn more, call the firm toll-free at 205-933-1500 or use its online form.
The personal injury attorneys at Belt Law Firm have successfully represented RSD/CRPS clients in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee. These cases involved injuries from automobile accidents (shoulder injury, ankle fracture), product malfunctions (hand crush, wrist fracture), slip and falls (knee contusion, wrist fracture), poorly performed blood draws (antecubital pain), and crush injuries (ankle, Achilles tendon).
Among the settlements we have achieved in RSD/CRPS cases are: $2,500,000 for a (AL) slip and fall case involving a woman who developed RSD after suffering a broken wrist, $1,300,000 for a (FL) case where a woman developed RSD after an improperly performed blood draw, and $800,000 for a (TN) woman who developed RSD after suffering a bruised knee due to a slip and fall in a grocery store. ...Read More