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Volume VI, No. 5: May, 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.

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 CNN Gets It Wrong About Pain Patients view CNN just did a "town hall meeting" about opioid addiction. As usual, they gave no voice to the millions of responsible opioid users.
2 Drug Seeker, Doctor Shopper… or Person in Pain? view A well-known pain physician has written a very thoughtful, useful article on why pain patients are stigmatized in our society, and makes some good suggestions for a close relationship with your physician.
3 Simple signs could signal complex pain syndrome view A research team in Scotland has found the first clinical signs that can predict who may develop CRPS after a fracture. Although not 100% accurate, it does show a propensity, so that if symptoms develop, the CRPS can be treated immediately.
4 Chronic Pain Patients Discovering Alternative to Opioids view Kratom is an herbal medicine made from the leaves of the Mitragyna speciose tree that grows in southeast Asia. In the US, people are using it to battle chronic pain.
5 How Long Does OxyContin Last? view According to an LA Times investigation, OxyContin often doesn't last as long as the 12-hour duration that is advertised for it. Purdue Pharma, OxyContin's maker, has been aware of the problem.
6 Iowa Pain Patient Goes on Hunger Strike view This Iowa chronic pain patient has resorted to a hunger strike over his treatment (or lack thereof) by the medical community for his neuropathic pain.
7 Stop Attacking Chronic Pain Patients view Here's a column by one very angry chronic pain patient whose pain doc is making her feel like a criminal.
8 Antiviral Combo May be Next Blockbuster Fibromyalgia Drug view Many drugs are discovered srendipitously, such as happened with two drugs used to treat fibromyalgia. Even if you don't suffer from FM, this is a fascinating story.
9 I am a Liar view From the excellent "RSD-CRPS Doesn't Own Me" site is an article on the lies we tend to tell ourselves and others when afflicted with CRPS.
10 Chronic Pain and the Grieving Process view We're all familiar with the incredible losses that come with chronic illness, especially pain. Here's one person's perspective on the grieving process
11 Tennessee Pain Clinics to Stop Using Opioids view Here we go - some real fallout from the CDC's new opioid guidelines. Talk about leaving pain patients in the lurch. I just hope the rate of suicides doesn't increase, but fear it will.
12 Medical Marijuana Update view At last! The FDA & DEA have approved a clinical study of marijuana for vets with PTSD. This is the first marijuana trial the DEA has ever endorsed.
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