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Volume VII, No. 2: February, 2017 - 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.

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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Drugs and Sleep
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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 Calming the “Pain Brain” view Pain Pathways magazine just ran a useful article on how to quiet the "pain brain" - the state of hyper-arousal that we're in when constantly in pain.
2 Medicare Takes 'Big Brother" Approach to Opioid Abuse view Here we go again. Medicare/Medicaid is developing a new strategy for opioid abuse, in which pharmacists are encouraged to report any physician who they feel is over-prescribing opioids. Similarly, they want pharmacists to report patients who they think are abusing opioids. This is getting ridiculous.
3 ‘Substantial Evidence’ Marijuana Relieves Chronic Pain view A new, major study of over 10,000 scientific reports has found "conclusive evidence" that cannabis is an effective agent for the treatment of chronic pain.
4 New Pathway for Cannabinoid Receptors Revealed view Researchers have found two receptors for cannabinoids, CB1 and CB2. It appears that selective interaction with CB2 could lead to a new class of pain drugs with none of the CB1-based effects.
5 The Many Faces Of Dysautonomia view The autonomic nervous system is responsible for all involuntary muscles and actions, such as sweating, digestion, breathing, heartrate, etc. When this goes awry it's called dysautonomia, and it's part of CRPS.
6 FDA Gives Nod to Abuse-Deterrent ER Hydrocodone view A new abuse-deterrant formulation of hydrocodone has been released by Teva Pharmaceuticals, one of the largest generic manufacturers in the world.
7 Pain Is Not That Simple view A retired nurse discusses the difference between chronic and acute pain, and how each one should be treated.
8 Study: Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) Therapy Reduces Need for Opioids view A large study has shown that, in patients with a successful SCS implant, opioid use either stabilizes or decreases. They make a case for earlier consideration of SCS therapy in chronic pain states.
9 ‘You want a description of hell?’ OxyContin’s 12-hour problem view This is a fascinating article on OxyContin in the LA Times, and how marketing tactics were used to enforce its claimed dosing of only twice a day.
10 If The Appt. Isn’t Going Your Way, Be On Your Way! view We are complicated medical cases - no doubt about that. Sometimes, the measure of a good doctor is one who takes us seriously.
11 Medicare Planning to Adopt CDC Opioid Guidelines view Just when you didn't think it could get any worse - Medicare is planning to implement the CDC opioid guidelines as official policy, where opioids are not to be prescribed for chronic non-cancer pain.
12 How We Can Stop Medicare’s ‘Big Brother’ Opioid Policy view A retired pharmacist has an idea to impact the upcoming adoption of the CDC opioid guidelines by Medicare and Medicaid. You can never tell when an idea like this is going to take hold.
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