Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)

This is a neurological condition which is also called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). It is characterized by symptoms of severe burning pain, swelling, extreme sensitivity to touch and sometimes includes changes in skin and bone. It can also include discoloration and temperature change to skin. It is not well understood how or why RSD occurs but it can be triggered by a variety of things such as injury, surgery, shingles, heart disease, shoulder problems, etc. About one third of the patients experiencing RSD symptoms cannot associate it with any particular triggering event.

There are (3) three stages of the disease:

  • Acute - During this stage one can experience many of the symptoms as well as x-ray evidence of bone changes in the affected area.
  • Dystrophic - early skin change of thickening and shiny area and persisting pain.
  • Atrophic - loss of function of the limb involved.For more information visit It often involves an arm, hand, leg or foot and can be extremely painful.

It is important that your treating doctors note your symptoms as a part of your treatment record. It is usually a good idea to prepare a list of your symptoms and remind your doctor of the complete list of symptoms which you are experiencing.

We understand your concerns and that it's difficult to deal with a government agency when you are trying to also deal with your debilitating condition. We are available to help you through the process of applying for your disability benefits from the Social Security Administration. Contact us at 1(800)641-9781 and let our experience help you.

At the Law Offices of Gary Glenn, we have assisted many clients who have suffered from Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) in obtaining Social Security Disability benefits.