Doctors and researchers were baffled because they could not find neither cause nor cure for a mystery condition that causes extreme pain among sufferers of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
Researchers at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke said that the mystery illness can strike anyone, anywhere at any time, children as young as 2 year old have been diagnosed with the condition, and women are four times more likely to suffer from it than men.
The condition usually affects the arms, legs, hands or feet and sometimes occurs after an injury as minor as a bruise, but often appears without any identified trauma. People with CRPS experience intermittent changes in temperature, skin colour, and swelling of the affected limb.
Vicious cycle: CRPS is caused by nerves sending the brain constant pain signals
Alexandra Annaloro, 21, on the left picture was struck by the condition in her right leg. It has left her so debilitated that she can't walk for longer than 10 minutes. Sometimes, the pain is so bad that her leg shakes uncontrollably.
With no clear cause, it's difficult to diagnose, but doctors do know that CRPS is a condition of the nervous system. It causes nerves to begin sending constant pain signals to the brain.
On the McGill Pain Index, a chart that doctors use to measure their patients' pain levels, the condition ranks extremely highly, receiving a score of 42 out of 50, higher than both childbirth and amputation.
Should you experience any pain similar to the description above kindly go to your doctor because a stich in time saves nine.
Source: Daily Mail