APS can be triggered by stress, illness or prior injury. Your child’s pain is real, and it can get better.
APS can include:
- Juvenile primary fibromyalgia syndrome (JPFS).
- Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), formerly reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD).
- Other types of nerve-related pain.
Successful treatment for children diagnosed with APS requires focusing on physical function and pushing through the discomfort to retrain the over-firing nerves and blood vessels.
Treatment includes intense exercise and desensitization therapy guided by physical and occupational therapy recommendations, decreasing attention to pain and focusing on performing normal daily activities, as well as stress management. It is important to address all aspects of APS to break the pain cycle.
Pain and associated symptoms often worsen before getting better and the ability to do normal things usually returns before pain resolves. Often, children/adolescents who have continued pain, have not fully addressed the stress component.