National Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Awareness Month, observed in November, is a time to increase awareness of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, the need for a cure, and spur advocacy on behalf of those suffering with the emotional, financial and physical burden of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.
Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic (lasting greater than six months) pain condition that most often affects one limb (arm, leg, hand, or foot) usually after an injury. CRPS is believed to be caused by damage to, or malfunction of, the peripheral and central nervous systems. The central nervous system is composed of the brain and spinal cord; the peripheral nervous system involves nerve signaling from the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body. Complex Regional Pain Syndrome is characterized by prolonged or excessive pain and changes in skin color, temperature, and/or swelling in the affected area.
CRPS symptoms vary in severity and duration, although some cases are mild and eventually go away. In more severe cases, individuals may not recover and may have long-term disability.
The awareness color for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome is Orange.
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