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Volume VI, No. 12: December, 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 this month is called "Drugs and Sleep", a good summary of insomnia and the drugs used to combat it.

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.

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!
Drugs and Sleep
Please click above and "Like" and/or "Circle" us!!
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 compound eases pain like marijuana, without the 'high' view A cannabinoid derivative has been developed which relieves chronic pain, but doesn't activate the brain's reward system, suggesting that such a drug might be an effective pain reliever without side effects like tolerance and addiction.
2 Fentanyl & Heroin Changing U.S. Opioid Epidemic view It now is documented that heroin and illicit fentanyl are now the driving forces behind the opioid epidemic – not prescription pain medication.
3 Spinal Cord Stimulator (SCS) Gains FDA Approval for Full Body MRI Scan view Until now, people with SCS units have been unable to get MRI scans. St. Jude Medical has just received FDA approval for a new SCS unit that doesn't interfere with MRI scans.
4 Opioid Pain Meds Rarely Involved in Suicide Attempts view In contrast to various government and media reports, a large study finds that opioids are involved in very few suicide attempts.
5 Surge in Fake Painkillers as Opioid Prescribing Drops view No big surprise here - as the number of opioid prescriptions continues to fall, the use of fake painkillers has surged.
6 Canine companion making life easier for disabled vet view Here's a great story of a disabled vet with CRPS and his canine assistance partner.
7 Complex regional pain syndrome: Watching others causes pain view A new study shows that the pain level of a CRPS patient can increase just from watching others moving. Good summary of CRPS as well.
8 10 Things to Try When You’re Feeling Lonely view Loneliness is part of any chronic illness. Here's a bunch of tips on dealing with this unpleasant feeling.
9 Cutbacks in Opioid Prescribing Are Not Working view Not surprisingly, the reduction in prescribing opioids (largely as a result of the CDC guidelines) is not decreasing the number of deaths from opioid overdoses.
10 Living With Chronic Pain in an Opioid Hostile World view This is one of the best articles I've seen about the negative effects of the CDC opioid guidelines. Please check it out.
11 Can You Color Away Pain? view It seems that coloring geometric or floral patterns is a good way to distract the mind from chronic pain!
12 Grünenthal Receives Breakthrough Therapy Designation From U.S. FDA for Neridronic Acid for the Treatment of CRPS view The US FDA has just granted Grunenthal Pharma's neridronic acid a designation as Breakthrough Therapy, which can accelerate a drug's approval process.
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