“What the Hell’s RSD?”
It’s a question we’ve all been asked – What’s wrong with you?” Unfortunately for folks like me the answer just elicits more inane questions.
“What the hell is RSD?”
Generally, this is the first reaction from everyone, doctors included (though in the case of the latter it’s typically shortly followed by “Wait, where’re you going?”); and, unfortunately, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy isn’t considered a decent enough answer.
At this point, you have four options.
If you find the querying person to be annoying, irritating or particularly thick, be careful, a straight answer may be more trouble than it’s worth. In this case you may want to go with Option One – change the subject.
If this fails, just walk away; your nerves are aggravated enough as it is, no need to add to it.
You may choose to be strictly scientific. Depending on your audience this will have one of two ideal outcomes:
or server crash.
Note: This is for use on medical students, people with high intelligence or people easily frightened by big words and shiny objects.
If you are feeling particularly creative, try giving them a rather surreal explanation. This is usually the most fun route to take.
Sometimes you get the above question when you really don’t want to even think about RSD. In these types of situations just make something up.