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What increases my risk for complex regional pain syndrome?

Because most cases of complex regional pain syndrome are reported after a person undergoes some sort of trauma, having an injury or other trauma can increase your risk of getting the disorder. Some examples of trauma that result in complex regional pain syndrome include a heart attack that causes damage to the heart, as well as bullet wounds and other cases of extreme impact. However, even having a minor injury can put you at risk of developing the disorder. It seems to be three times as common in women, especially postmenopausal women.

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