Have you heard of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), also known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)? Pain alone is not enough to make the diagnosis, and your post is a bit vague in terms of whether or not you have any symptoms other than pain, but you might want to read about
CRPS and see if any of the other symptoms fit as well. CRPS is a diagnosis of exclusion (there are no diagnostic tests for it). There are typically 4 categories of symptoms which must be met to make the diagnosis, and symptoms include things like pain out of proportion to the original injury, allodynia (pain upon light touch), unexplained swelling, color and/or temperature change to the affected limb/body region, and neuromuscular dysfunction (EMG's & nerve conduction studies are still usually normal). Many doctors are unfamiliar with CRPS, and it often takes people months to years to be diagnosed. Personally, it took me 9 yrs to be diagnosed, although my presentation is a bit unusual, as my eye & face are primarily affected, not a limb, which is most common. CRPS is also notoriously difficult to treat & many of the conventional treatments for pain fail to have any significant effect. I was also seriously struggling with little to no quality of life (and had to temporarily give up my career) until I was finally diagnosed/found a doctor who was very familiar with the disease. I still have pain, but now I'm at least able to function like a semi-normal human being most of the time...
If you would like to learn more, a good place to start reading about
CRPS is the website of the Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association, rsds.org
Hope you find some answers!
Post Edited (skeye) : 11/5/2017 2:14:12 PM (GMT-7)