ComplicationsBy Mayo Clinic staff
If complex regional pain syndrome isn't diagnosed and treated early, the disease may progress to more disabling signs and symptoms. These may include:
- Tissue wasting (atrophy). If you avoid moving an arm or a leg because of pain or if you have trouble moving a limb because of stiffness, your skin, bones and muscles may begin to deteriorate.
- Muscle tightening (contracture). You may also experience tightening of your muscles. This may lead to a condition in which your hand and fingers or your foot and toes contract into a fixed position.
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