Symptoms Of CRPS
CRPS can strike at any age, but is more common between the ages of 40 and 60. It affects both men and women, but is most frequently seen in women. Although it is more common in the older age groups, the number of CRPS cases among adolescents and young adults is increasing.
It often affects the hand or foot, but may also involve the knee, hip, shoulder, or other sites. The main symptom of CRPS is severe pain, often burning in nature. The disorder may eventually result in dystrophy (weakness or wasting) of the area. Early diagnosis and proper treatment are very important if CRPS is to be successfully managed.
Symptoms can vary in severity and length and can be difficult to manage. Skin changes are also common. Skin can become blotchy or red/purple, shiny and thinner. People may also experience excessive sweating of the affected area.