You and Paula Abdul both suffer from RSD. Paula Abdul claims that Enbrel has been a miraculous drug for her!
RSD is a chronic pain condition that is believed to be the result of dysfunction in the central or peripheral nervous systems. Some believe that Lupus can cause RSD because Lupus is known to damage and/or cause dysfunction in the CNS. RSD causes irritation and abnormal excitation of nervous tissue, leading to abnormal impulses along the nerves that affect blood vessels and skin. It is also believed that RSD, if follwed by an injury of some type, is caused by triggering an immune response and symptoms associated with inflammation (redness, warmth, swelling): Sounds a bit like Lupus doesn't it??? Like Lupus, RSD is not thought to have a single cause, but rather multiple causes producing similar symptoms.
Part of the treatment for RSD includes Corticosteroids (drugs that can quickly reduce inflammation and pain). As with many Lupus symptoms, t treatment for RSD focuses on relieving painful symptoms. Here are some of the standard treatment options:
psychotherapy to relieve stress, anxiety, and depression
sympathetic nerve blocks
surgery including sympathectomy (considered controversial)
spinal cord stimulation
intrathecal drug pumps
Please let us know how your visit with the rheumatologist goes, what treatments he/she suggests and what tests will be done!
I wish you the very best!!
Peace and Blessings