Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) can occur when a person is hurt in an accident with a large truck. RSD can be triggered by a fracture or even a minor injury that takes place in a trucking accident. Typically, a person affected by RSD will have severe pain in his or her affected leg or arm. However, sometimes RSD is dormant and doesn’t reveal its symptoms for several weeks or months following a crash.

Although dormant RSD is rare, it can occur—making it difficult for a doctor to diagnose. Additionally, doctors may misdiagnose RSD since this condition is often misunderstood, or some symptoms of this condition could be mistaken for another injury.

What Are the Symptoms of RSD?

Some of the most common symptoms of this condition will occur in the injured area, and may include:

  • Intense, burning pain
  • Changes in the skin (such as being dry, shiny, or starting to shrivel)
  • Red skin that is warm, but may change to cool and bluish in color
  • Increased sweating
  • Muscle spasms
  • Swelling
  • Stiffening
  • Joint tenderness
  • Limited movement
  • Bone softening
  • Sensitivity to touch
  • Weakness or loss of strength
  • Strange hair growth

Not all of these symptoms are present for all RSD victims, and sometimes some of these symptoms don’t show up for two weeks or more following an accident and injury. As a result,  RSD can be gradual and make it difficult for doctors to diagnose and treat.

If you have been in a trucking accident on U.S. 301 or any other road in the Sarasota area, we urge you to seek a thorough medical evaluation and to pay close attention to these aforementioned symptoms of RSD to make sure your injury is correctly diagnosed.

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Damian Mallard, Esq.
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