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Volume VII, No. 3: March, 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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Excellent Powerpoint Presentation!
Drugs and Sleep
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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 A Deadly Mix: Opioids and Alcohol view A recent Dutch study quantified the additive effects of alcohol with opioid medications. The bottom line is that if you use opioids, don't drink on top of them.
2 The 411 on Calmare Scrambler Therapy view Here's a good summary of Calmare (scrambler) therapy, a noninvasive method for controlling chronic pain that's getting increasing attention.
3 3 Tips to Help Control Inflammation view Inflammation is part of CRPS and many other chronic illnesses. Here are three tips for dealing with inflammation, some of which may surprise you.
4 Pain Research Moving at Snail’s Pace view Researchers at the Univ. of Utah have discovered a component of cone snail venom that causes anesthesia to a body part that lasts for three days, even though it clears the body in four hours.
5 CDC Opioid Guidelines Are Not Rules or Laws view Here's a letter from a dentist who had to stop practicing 20 years ago due to his CRPS, and his interactions with a compassionate doctor and pharmacist.
6 Opioids Blamed for Consequences of Chronic Pain view This is a very insightful piece on how scientific studies' conclusions can be manipulated to reach a foregone conclusion, like opioids causing poor functioning.
7 Cannabis Preferred Over Opioids When Treating Many Conditions view According to a recent Canadian study, patients taking opioids or benzos greatly prefer cannabis to their prescription drugs.
8 Finding Meaning and Purpose While Living with Pain view It can be very hard to find purpose in a life that's shattered by ongoing, intense pain. This is an unusually good look at this issue.
9 3 Things You Need to Know About Opioid Pain Meds view As most folks here know, opioids have a special place in the public and media's mind as being full of potential for bad effects; most of these "facts" are erroneous or blown out of proportion.
10 Losing Treatment and the Grieving Process view We all know that ketamine is a promising and often very effective treatment for CRPS. What if your insurance co. decided that it was "experimental" and thus wouldn't cover it?
11 Man treated extreme chronic leg pain with opioids, now he wears a kilt view Here's an inspiring story about a guy with CRPS, and his strategies for dealing with it.
12 FDA Nominee Called for DEA to Stop Policing Pain Care view The current nominee to head the FDA has written that he thinks the DEA should get out of policing opioid consumption, leaving it to the Dept. of HHS.
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