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Volume VI, No. 3: March, 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 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.

The PowerPoint presentation this month is called "Adjuvant Analgesics", and covers many type of analgesic drugs/plants used in conjunction with more typical medications.

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!
Adjuvant Analgesics
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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 Patients Betrayed in Pain Management Debate view Another chronic pain patient has written a really good column about the lack of power that we have in the ongoing debate about opioid use and prescribing.
2 Take Our Survey About Hospital Pain Treatment view The Pain News Network is running a survey on pain patients' experiences at hospitals. Many folks here have described their terrible times in ERs; here's a chance to make your voices heard!
3 ME AND MY OPERATION: Electric shocks in the neck that can end chronic pain view Here's a first-person account of someone's experience with neurostimulation of the dorsal root ganglion (DRG) to deal with his CRPS.
4 Online Support Group for Chronic Pain Launched view National Pain Report has begun an online support group for people with chronic pain, to help people with the isolation caused by such invisible illnesses.
5 Spider Venom Could Take Sting
out of Chronic Pain
view The venom from a S. American tarantula contains a protein that blocks pain signals by coating the nerve cells, providing a target for the development of new, non-addicting pain drugs.
6 Accepting and Enduring Chronic Pain view A very good article on dealing with a life with chronic pain.
7 My Story: A Prisoner of Hope view It's ironic how many chronic pain folks used to be driven, successful people. Here's one woman's story of dealing with letting go of a rewarding career.
8 A Doctor’s Perspective on Patient Suicide view We all know that CRPS is a disease with a high rate of suicide. Wouldn't it be great if all physicians had the attitude of the author of this article?
9 Do Non-Opioid Pain Meds Raise Risk of Suicide? view On the topic of suicide, check out this article, with several quotations from Dr. Lynn Webster (see listing right above this one), on the risks of using non-opioid medications for chronic pain, including CRPS.
10 Tips from a Pharmacist About Pharmacists view Many people have had terrible experiences with pharmacists or pharmacies. This is a very good article by a pharmacist with tips on various aspects of the Rx experience.
11 CRPS Clinical Study Underway view A new bisphosphonate clinical trial is recruiting participants. This drug is another derivative of neridronic acid, called zolendronate. See if you qualify!
12 Medtronic Gets FDA Nod for MRI Compatible Neuromodulation System for Chronic Pain view A major drawback to typical SCS units has been their interference with MRIs and similar diagnostics. The FDA has just approved the first design that doesn't cause this problem.
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