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February 23, 2009


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Oh, that's exactly right! I wonder if there are really any disabilities--or any sort of condition of being, for that matter--about which can't be said "if you've met one person with __, you've met one person with __."


The same holds true for people with ACM I! I have an 8mm herniation but know people with half that size who suffer far more than I do. The symptoms vary from one person to the next, also.

You've hit the proverbial nail on the head with this astute observation. :)

Lisa Moon

Yep, ditto for my condition - Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), often still referred to as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD).
Since it's a syndrome, there is not one specific test which guarantees that diagnosis. There are sets of criteria, including both subjective symptoms that you report and the objective signs that the doctor can see.

However, sneaky little thing that it is, the signs such as colour changes, can vary from hour to hour, day to day... heck, even literally minute to minute.

Happen to get to the specialist the day your limb isn't purple and ice cold? Well, you might not have CRPS!

This was my issue; although I had a textbook post-injury series of signs (all of which were dismissed), my progression and current condition aren't 'classical' in that my leg isn't always dark purple or red and swollen to twice its size.

Imagine my joy in trying to assure workers' compensation that these symptoms ARE real and not just a bid for a few extra bucks...

Sorry! Doing that thing where I'm going off on the post I intend to write... and I should get off and do that, lol.

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