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Volume VI, No. 10: October, 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, phantom limb pain, diabetic neuropathy, certain types of headaches, etc.

This month's art selection is called "How Are You?", by Helen Harley of Dorchester, UK (crayons on watercolor paper; 11.6x8.3"). She writes "...a question which is asked all the time when you are a chronic pain sufferer. One has the choice of sharing far too much with people, or just saying 'not too bad' or something similar..."
Note: Every newsletter features an 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.

The PowerPoint presentation is called "Complex Regional Pain Syndrome" - a good summary of CRPS, its etiology, treatment, and many other aspects.

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 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.

Webmaster, Researcher, Writer, Editor, (& responsible for all errors).
Excellent Powerpoint Presentation!
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
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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 Help us Color The World Orange on Nov. 7 for CRPS/RSD Awareness view Nov. 7 is the annual "Color the World Orange" day for CRPS/RSD awareness. Here's how to participate.
2 OPINION: “People are Dying and the Government is Lying” view An outstanding, if depressing, editorial on the involvement of the US government in the "opioid epidemic".
3 What Is Complex Regional Pain Syndrome? view Here's a superior overall site on CRPS from the excellent Northwestern Univ. School of Medicine.
4 DEA: No Timetable for Kratom Ban view Contrary to its earlier statements, the DEA will not schedule kratom into C-I immediately. DEA asserts that it will still do this, but, likely due to public and congressional reaction, the action has been delayed.
5 Chronic Pain Versus ‘Rare’ Disease:
The Case of CRPS
view This is a very good article on the need for more research into all aspects of CRPS.
6 CRPS – Is A Protocol Near? view Later this month, about 50 physicians will meet to come up with a standardized protocol for using ketamine to treat CRPS. Currently, no such standard treatment exists.
7 DEA Opioid Crackdown Targets Supply view The DEA is reducing the production quotas of virtually all C-II opioid drugs, including hydrocodone and oxycodone, by at least 25% as of 2017. I don't know what this will do to the supply of legitimate drugs for people like us, those in hospice or palliative care, etc.
8 FDA Approves St. Jude’s BurstDR SCS Therapy for Chronic Pain view On Oct. 5, the FDA approved a new kind of SCS unit, called the BurstDR, developed at St. Jude's hospital. Clinical tests showed it superior to conventional SCS.
9 Eli Lilly Settles Cymbalta Withdrawal Lawsuits view Stopping duloxetine (Cymbalta) suddenly can result in terrible withdrawal symptoms. Eli Lilly has just settled a class action lawsuit by a large number of affected patients.
10 DEA Opioid Cuts Could Affect Terminally Ill Patients view More fallout from the DEA's decision to cut back on the quotas of controlled substances, especially opioids, available in the US for legitimate medical needs.
11 A First Time User Says Kratom Works view An intriguing, first-person account of a first-time kratom user, how he compares it to opioids, and his general viewpoint on the plant.
12 Novel Use of Elastomeric Pumps Effective for CRPS view A new approach to epidural blocks, where the patient self-administers a local anesthetic, has resulted in complete resolution of symptoms in a young man with CRPS-I.
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