You May Be At Risk for Co-Morbidity, What You Need to Know

As reported by the Pain News Network, when someone suffers from chronic pain, chances are he or she might have more than one ongoing disease or condition. This is called “co-morbidity.” For example, people with psoriasis often also have celiac disease. But it isn’t a given that if you have one disease, you’ll automatically have others.

People with Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), also known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CPRS), experience intense burning and increased sensitivity to touch on the hands, arms, legs, and feet.

Many  crps/rsd sufferers also have depression, sleep problems, anxiety, and/or dystonia–just to name a few.

Each condition is treated individually. For example, people with sleep disorders can cut back on caffeine, practice relaxation techniques, or consult with their doctor for medical intervention.

Studies have shown that people with severe psoriatic arthritis are 58% more likely to have a heart attack, and 43% are at greater risk for a stroke. However, treatment for heart disease can reduce these risks.

Chronic pain sufferers who seek treatment early are more likely to avoid co-morbid conditions, because 1) their overall health is better, and 2) they enjoy a greater quality of life. For this reason, preventative measures should be taught as early as childhood.

To learn more about comorbidities associated with RSD/CRPS, visit the RSD Foundation at

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