Physical Changes…

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome or CRPS can cause the affected limb to physically change in appearance.

For me, when my CRPS first started my foot and leg went through some strange changes. It was all so new and I had done very little research at this point in the progression of the disease that it seemed out of this world to me.

I had redness, purple blotches, shiny skin, swelling, abnormal hair and nail growth, sweating and/or coldness and muscle atrophy. All these physical changes come and go at times now, but at the beginning, it seemed I had all at once.

These are some pictures I took of my feet showcasing my CRPS:

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome or CRPS physical effects on my leg and foot
CRPS causing foot and leg discoloration

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome or CRPS physical effects on my leg and foot

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome or CRPS physical effects on my leg and foot
CRPS causing the skin to look blotchy
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome or CRPS physical effects on my leg and foot
CRPS causing the foot to look shiny

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome or CRPS physical effects on my leg and foot

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome or CRPS physical effects on my leg and foot
CRPS causing foot swelling

As you can see, the changes to my leg and foot were fairly drastic. Not to repeat myself, but, when this was first happening I was new to this and I was shocked and scared.

All of these changes were strange, but, I think, the strangest one was my toenail growth. The left foot toenails grew three times as fast as the right. I had to cut those nails three times before cutting the right. I have to admit, it was a little humorous, as I was trying to find anything to make me smile and laugh.

Every day, I still try to use humor to make life a little brighter.

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