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Volume VI, No. 1: January, 2016 - A Monthly Newsletter Summarizing Current CRPS/RSD Research
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Hello, and welcome to this month's issue of the Newsletter, which each month brings you selections from the latest research results in the related fields of complex regional pain syndrome, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, and the pain components of such illnesses as cancer, peripheral neuropathy, fibromyalgia, phantom limb pain, diabetic neuropathy, certain types of headaches, etc.

This month's art selection is called "Attack of Overwhelm", by Gretta Hansing of Albany, NY (colored pencil, 8"x10"). She writes "The infectious bug of overwhelm whirling, stabbing, piercing every part of my body, pushing pain into as much of my body as it possibly can, growing, spreading, a torpedo of nerve pain."
Note: Every newsletter features a different image from the Pain Exhibit, "an educational, visual arts exhibit from artists with chronic pain with their art expressing some facet of the pain experience." (As always, please click on the image to see the full-sized original in a new tab/window.) I appreciate that these images are supplied by the artists at no charge.

Happy New Year! I hope everyone who reads this has a great new year, with low pain levels and a greater sense of serenity than last year. This month, several entries (#2 & #3) relate to the CDC's new guidelines for opioid use that has proven very controversial due to the lack of input from pain patients and physicians. Since this newsletter spans the holiday season, there are articles outlining the progress made during the year on medical marijuana (#5), CRPS (#6), and the things CRPS patients want their friends and family to know during the holidays (#4).

A group in the UK has started a daily newspaper for CRPS patients and caregivers (#7), and the search for new analgesic drugs (or drug combinations) continues (#1, #8, #9). Toni Bernhard, the Buddhist lawyer, wrote a great piece about a typical day in the life of a chronically ill person (#10); the National Pain Report discusses the financial hardships faced by many ill folks (#11).

The PowerPoint presentation this month is called "Plants as Antimicrobials", and is the third in a series of presentations about plants serving as drugs.

Links to this Newsletter and many other features from the main site, especially brand-new articles on CRPS, are featured in our Facebook and Google Plus representations of the main site. Personally, I'm not much of a social media person, but this has proven to be worth the effort, as it spreads the word about the site and what it has to offer. Please check it out (and please "Like" it or add us to your circles!) occasionally; it's interesting to see what topics get the most attention and what other CRPS people have to say. You can find our FB page here! If you go there, please do "Like" and/or "Circle" us! Remember, many articles are posted to the FB and Google+ pages that don't make it to a newsletter, so it's a good way to stay ahead of the curve on brand new articles and studies on CRPS/RSD research.

I hope this newsletter is useful to you. Remember that the site has an archive of all past newsletters, so you can look back to any issue since the first! In fact, here's a direct link. The PowerPoint presentations are also archived, and can be accessed from the left menu throughout the site, or right here. Recall, too, that if you'd like to see one of the monthly PowerPoint slideshows but don't own the software, here's a very good, free viewer, courtesy of Microsoft:

Please let me know if you have suggestions, corrections, effusive praise, or want to tell me anything else! I'm particularly interested in suggestions for new CRPS-related topics that I may not have covered or even touched on. Please don't feel weird about suggesting new ideas to me - I'm just one CRPS patient, and I'm grateful for any help in identifying new avenues of hope for our community.

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Excellent Powerpoint Presentation!
Plants as Antimicrobials
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A monthly feature! what are these?
For common medical abbreviations, like Dx, Rx, Tx, etc. please look here.
The most common ones are Rx = prescription; Dx = diagnosis; and Tx = treatment
Title of Article
1 New Drug Combo Eliminates Chronic Pain after Injury (Well, at Least in Mice) view A combination of two old drugs - L-Dopa and an NSAID - eradicates chronic pain behavior in mice. Human trials are coming.
2 “My Story” Series from 2015: Sufferers Chronicle Life in Chronic Pain view Chronic pain has many faces; here's a collection of stories from sufferers from many different pain conditions.
3 A Former Federal Peer Reviewer’s Analysis of the Draft CDC Guidelines view This comment to the CDC about its opioid guidelines is particularly powerful. The author used to be a peer reviewer, and offers a keen analysis of the current situation.
4 Twelve Things People with CRPS Want You To Know About Them During the Holiday Season view RSDSA has authored a nice article on 12 things CRPS patients want others to know during this holiday season.
5 2015 Big Year for Medical Marijuana view This is a great collection of stories from 2015 regarding medical marijuana and the legislative progress made during the preceding year.
6 Complex Regional Pain Syndrome in 2015, What Have We Learned? view National Pain Report has gathered the most important research breakthroughs in CRPS in 2015 - worth a read!
7 The CRPS UK Daily Roundup view A group in the UK has started a newspaper directed toward CRPS patients and their caregivers. This is a nice job; take a look!
8 Study of d-Methadone for Neuropathic Pain Completed view One of the methadone isomers ("d-methadone") has just completed a Phase I clinical trial for neuropathic pain. It's very interesting.
9 Start-Up Creating Non-Addictive Painkiller More Powerful than Morphine view A new pharma is on track to develop a painkiller without addictive liability - one of the holy grails of medicinal chemistry.
10 A Day in the Life with Chronic Illness view Another great column by Toni Bernhard, the Buddhist-inspired lawyer, about the little battles in a day in the life of a chronically ill person.
11 National Pain Report Responds to Financial Challenges People in Pain Face view Many chronic pain people have serious financial difficulties, as explained in a recent article from National Pain Report.
12 Pain Symptoms Show Improvement After High Frequency Hand Stimulation view It has been determined that high frequency stimulation is very helpful to CRPS patients with pain centered in their hands.
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