Your Health: Sep. 11, 2000

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SOME NERVE New hope for sufferers of reflex sympathetic dystrophy, a confounding neurological disorder that affects 6 million Americans. RSD starts with a minor injury to an arm or leg--say, a twisted ankle or a bruise--but quickly blossoms into a strange syndrome in which the sympathetic nerves (the ones responsible for temperature control, sweating and blood flow) go so out of whack that blowing air across the skin is enough to trigger burning pain. The injured extremity and surrounding tissue can become discolored and, eventually, immobile. Now researchers report two experimental treatments. In one, doctors restore motor activity to...

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