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Volume VI, No. 6: June, 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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Title of Article
1 Cells Can Remember Injury, Which May Reveal Why Chronic Pain Persists view A research team from the UK has found that cells retain some characteristics of being in a painful environment, helping to explain the mechanism of chronic pain.
2 Opioid Addiction Is a Huge Problem, but Pain Prescriptions Are Not the Cause view At last! Here's a great article from Scientific American that places the "opioid epidemic" in the right context, and asks that pain patients stop being blamed.
3 15 Tips from 15 Years Sick view Here's an article with a bunch of excellent coping strategies, written by Toni Bernhard, the Buddhist-inspired writer for Psychology Today.
4 Are CDC Opioid Guidelines Causing More Suicides? view This seems like a no-brainer - as opioid prescriptions drop, suicide rates rise.
5 Fentanyl Blamed in Prince Overdose view Just in case you haven't heard this yet, Prince died of an overdose of fentanyl.
6 Anti-Opioid Propaganda and Profit view Here's an excellent editorial on the possible real motives behind the anti-opioid fervor permeating the media.
7 Pain Drug Reaches Phase 3 Clinical Trials view A small drug development co. has just received FDA approval for a Phase III study of an oral version of zoledronic acid as a treatment for CRPS. This is a close relative of neridronic acid, both of which are currently available only as IV drugs. This is exciting news!
8 Alternative Therapies for Chronic Pain: Considering Magnesium Lotion view Increasing our Mg levels is known to be good for chronic pain, especially involving muscles. I'd never heard of magnesium lotion, though.
9 Most Patients Don’t Think Opioids Are Risky view Not surprisingly, people taking opioids for pain relief, who don't change their dose, do not see opioid use as a cause for concern in their cases.
10 Use of Acupuncture Point Injection with Placental Extract for Treatment of CRPS view This is easily the strangest CRPS treatment I have ever read about. Remember, I don't write them; I just report them!
11 UT Researcher Finds Possible Source for Pain Inhibition view A research team from the Univ. of TX has found a new pathway to pain inhibition, involving the neurotransmitter GABA.
12 Opinion: Stop The War On Chronic Pain Patients! view Here's another great opinion piece on the effect of the opioid war on legitimate pain patients.
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