I couldn't figure out a way to make a reply to your question about RSD. I'm BobinmidMO. Do I think you might have RSD? With what you've shared, I would certainly look in that direction. The way you described the pain is what made me the most positive. Let me share my few ideas or ways you might be able to tell?
1st: Yes the needles are part of the normal gig. Fun wasn't it! RSD can't really be diagnosed this way, but it can tell the doc if there is a possibility of nerve damage.
2nd: RSD is a syndrome, so it's more about putting all the pieces of the puzzle together. Do you have swelling? Is there huge amounts of pain that might include burning, stabbing, a long dull ache that feels like you've been hit over and over thus causing the deepest bruise you've ever had? Is there discoloration? Color changes can be a nice rose color, deep red, purple and when you're really unlucky even black as black. How about temp changes in that area. Oddly enough for example, my leg(s) would usually be as much as 5 degrees colder or hotter than normal, and this was about 90% of the time. Now over the years I've found they're mostly hot, but cold can still occur. Do you find it had to move that part of your body? Loss of range of motion is common.
3rd: Now you need to find a doctor who isn't scared of RSD/CRPS. This is the most imporant thing trust me. You need a docto who isn't afraid of opiods such as morphine to manage pain because you might get to the point where that's your only option. You need a doctor who'll care enough to not put you through the wrong type of treatments at the wrong time. RSD is something that must be handled carefully at each stage, so seek out a doctor who assures you he'll help, but not go crazy with treatments that only cause you more pain in the end.
4th: Treasure your family and friends. Without them, you'll go nuts. Oh, and while you're at it, please try and not allow your RSD to take over your life. Now that's a tough order I know, but the harder you try and live life as normally as possible, the better you'll feel both in body and mind.
You've got a big heart, and so mine goes out to you this evening. Please take care and keep me posted on how you're doing. Bob.
After an accident in 1997 crushed the nerves in my pelvis, halfway down the calf and at the fibular head (knee), my left leg slowly started to turn color from the foot up, along with swelling and temp change. Within 2 weeks I was diagnosed with RSD. Within 6 months, I had purple, red and some black area's almost to the knee area. By 1999 I landed in a wheelchair and started a life taking narcotics all the time.
In 2004 I got an Intrathecal morphine pump, and I just got it replaced around a year ago, so now I'm on my 2nd model.
5 years ago the RSD spread to my right leg and has done around 80% of the damage it did to my left leg in half the time.
1 1/2 years ago I went septic, and the infection did go body-wide. After 2 days in the hospital I then had a clot in my lungs. Both should have killed me, but this time I got lucky. Meanwhile I've been battling blood clots for the last 4 years.
Last fall the doctor's decided I needed to have both legs amputated above the knee's, but I decided I could only handle one at a time, so I went with the left leg since that one is a little worse off. The right leg is now black all the way to the knee.
I haven't slept in a bed for over 12 years and have instead accepting the fact that I can only sleep in a chair upright. Since I'm in RSD Phase III, it's still progressing, but I refuse to go on a pity party because those who do, party alone. Thanks to a wife of 27 years and great family and friend support, I'm only half nuts half the time.
Guess that about say's it all. Bob.