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Running head: COMPLEX REGIONAL PAIN DISORDER1Complex Regional Pain DisorderDawn CoullWalden UniversityNURS 6521Dr. RobinJanuary 15, 2020
COMPLEX REGIONAL PAIN DISORDER2Complex Regional Pain DisorderComplex regional pain disorder (CRPD) is a relatively rare disorder affecting approximately 200,000 persons in the United States (American RSDHope, n.d.), less than 2% of the population. It is not well understood but is thought to be caused by a malfunctioning or damaged nervous system; it can cause extreme chronic pain, usually affecting one limb (NationalInstitute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke [NINDS], n.d.). The purpose of this paper is to explore a case study involving a male patient who is plagued by pain as a result of CRPD and to visit options for treatment to provide him a better quality of life. Case StudyThe case presented was that of a 43-year-old male patient that had been experiencing uncontrolled pain, despite the use of opioids, for seven years, which started after he had a fall at work resulting in a hip injury. His symptoms included episodic cramping and discoloration of hislower extremity, leading to the diagnosis of CRPD. For the treatment of this patient, I chose to initially start him on 25mg of amitriptyline every evening, titrating him up gradually. When he returned to the office with reports of some pain and symptom relief, but with feelings of being

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