Michele is currently under the care of Dr. Robert Schwartzman in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Schwartzman is the founder of the RSD Association and the countries leading expert in RSD. There is currently a three year waiting list to see Dr. Schwartzman, but he is definitely worth the wait. Michele was fortunate to get an appointment with Dr. Robert Schwartzman, the “best RSD doctor in the world.”
Michele had been to many doctors before meeting with Dr. Schwartzman, and she would tell them of her pain, and they didn’t understand what she was experiencing. Several doctors told her “RSD does not spread” and her pain was being caused by something else. Some doctors told her ” there is no cure for RSD and that Michele had to learn to deal with the pain.”
When Michele first met with Dr. Schwartzman on December 11, 2004, he told her where her pain had traveled, and she was amazed that he knew exactly where her pain was, without her even telling him. Finally, we had found a doctor that knew what Michele was going trough and knew what RSD does to a person!!
It’s bad enough having to live in pain, but when the doctors don’t even know what to do, or understand the pain you are in, IT IS VERY FRUSTRATING!!!
Dr. Schwartzman has been studying RSD for many years, and has written many articles about the condition. He will only see you if you have tried many procedures and are still in pain. Another words, he only see RSD patients that have progressed and have no other options. Every time Michele sees him, he sticks a pin in various places on her body, and knows all her new symptoms. I can’t believe it. For years she has been trying to get doctors to understand what she is going through, and Dr. Schwartzman knew without even telling him. We are amazed at how knowledgeable he is about RSD.
DR. ROBERT J. SCHWARTZMAN
A nationally and internationally known pain managemen specialist, Dr. Robert J. Schwartzman is helping bring relief to people suffering the chronic, disabling, and painful neurological condition known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy or RSD. Dr. Schwartzman explains how pain brings about physical changes in the spinal cord and the ways in which certain molecular cascades cause pain. He focuses on his use of ketamine to block specific pain receptors associated with RSD. Dr. Schwartzman is professor and chairman of the Department of Neurology at Drexel University College of Medicine.
Date Recorded February 18, 2005Notes: Drexel College of Medicine Biography page for Dr. Schwartzman
By Debra Nelson-Hogan
Over the years he has seen a number of changes in diagnosis and treatment of the disorder. He is excited about some of the new developments in research and treatment and explained that since he began studying CRPS, “We have learned more about some basic mechanisms; we now know a lot of clinical things we didn’t know before,” he explains, “such as identifying the 5 major components of CRPS.” They are:
- Pain, allodynia, hyperalgesia, hyperpathia
- Autonomic dysregulation
- Motor dysfunction
- Atrophy and dystrophy
Dr. Schwartzman explains that mechanisms for each component are being sought by the use of animal and transgenic models. “We know that vasoactive neuropeptides seem to be important for the swelling. NMDA receptors and glutamate release from pain fibers are important in sensitization of central pain projecting neurons. Once these receptors are open and not functioning properly, enzymatic and metabolic cascades occur in pain cells and then they are different. The gain of pain is increased, or simply put, a small amount of pain is magnified.”
For more information about Dr. Schwartzman, go to the links below or google him. You will see that he is THE RSD EXPERT.