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Volume VI, No. 4: April, 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 "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.

Webmaster, Researcher, Writer, Editor, (& responsible for all errors).
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 Researchers identify root of chronic pain as potential new drug target view A team of researchers may have found the physical basis for allodynia, providing a target for new drugs. This article is more technical than usual, but the results are exciting!
2 6 Ways to Discover Our Value
Beyond the World of Work
view A therapist has written an excellent guide to developing a full life after losing one's career to CRPS.
3 My Story: I Was Accused of Being an Addict view This letter, written by a woman whose friend had called her an addict, really captures the frustration of anyone who's been in a similar predicament.
4 My Story: A Ketamine Diary with a
Forrest Gump Twist
view Here's a neat article about one woman's experience with ketamine infusions.
5 CRPS Patients Needed for Clinical Study view CRPS patients are needed for a clinical study. See if you qualify!
6 Stimulation of deep brain structure
may ease chronic pain
view Here's a new type of brain stimulation designed to block pain signals. The exciting thing about this one is that it's done wirelessly!
7 A Pain Patient’s Experience with Ketamine view A CRPS/RSD patient's experiences with ketamine infusions. Great, especially if you're new to this type of therapy.
8 My Story: A Chronic Pain Patient Talks About the Pain of Loss view This is a good column about facing loss - of others, and of our old, pain-free lives.
9 Chronic Pain Petition to President Obama Launched view The US Pain Foundation has started a petition to the White House to use part of the opioid spending bill for research into chronic pain. Add your name!
10 So, What IS Pain Management? view This is a very interesting article about what should constitute good pain management.
11 This Could Be Big: Intravenous Ketamine for Fibromyalgia view It looks like the fibromyalgia community has also discovered the pain-relieving properties of IV ketamine.
12 Using Medical Marijuana/Cannabis for Fibromyalgia view Although written for fibro patients, this article has lots of useful information about medical cannabis.
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