Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy and Vitamin C
The cause of reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) is unknown, but it is generally associated with previous fracture or other injury. Symptoms last well beyond a normal recovery phase and are usually severe and debilitating. The patient is suffers with severe, persistent aching pain, swelling and coldness in the affected limb. According to research published in the Journal of Family Practice, (2000; 49:268-269) taking vitamin C daily after an injury can help prevent development of RSD. People who did not take vitamin C were over three times more likely to develop RSD than those who took over 500 milligrams of vitamin C each day for two months after the initial injury event.