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Volume VI, No. 7: July, 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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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 Limiting Opioids Alone Is Not A Sustainable Pain Care Plan view This is an excellent editorial from Huffpost pointing out that limiting opioids is not a pain-treatment plan.
2 The Side Effects of Pain: More Than Just “Hurting” view A columnist for the National Pain Report has written an insightful piece on coping with chronic pain, and the inner dialog many of us participate in.
3 DEA: Decision Not Made on Marijuana Legalization view There are rumors around that the DEA is on the verge of announcing their decision of whether to re-schedule marijuana from C-I to C-II.
4 Why Aren’t We Managing Children’s Pain? view Here's a concise, engrossing article from the N.Y. Times on the underdiagnosis and undertreatment of pain in children.
5 Update on Cannabis and Pain Relief Research view Research into the use of cannabis, while not occurring in the US, is alive and well in several other countries, and some very interesting results are being reported.
6 Scientists find that compounds in marijuana can remove plaque from Alzheimer's proteins view Here's another very good reason to stop putting roadblocks in front of research into marijuana's medicinal effects. You never know what might turn up.
7 CRPS: A Stacked Deck view A woman with CRPS describes an epic meltdown in humorous but serious terms.
8 “Smoke Alarm” One of 36 New Genes Found to Play Role in Pain Sensation, IU Study Says view A research group at Indiana Univ. has identified a group of genes that either activate or deactivate the nerves responsible for pain transmission.
9 Not blowing smoke: Research finds medical marijuana lowers prescription drug use view A large study at Univ. of GA, involving Medicare patients, found that the use of prescription drugs dropped in the states with medical marijuana laws.
10 I'm Old Enough to Know What Pain Is view A very good article by a young physician and chronic pain patient, about her struggles to have her pain believed and treated.
11 Chronic Pain Isolation – Start a Support Group view Here's an interview with a woman who started a support group in HI. by the head of the National Pain Report. Some good pointers on doing this.
12 The CDC and DEA Want to Be Your Ghost Doctor view This is an op-ed from a well-known pain physician discussing how the CDC and DEA are affecting the physician-patient relationship, especially in writing prescriptions for analgesics.
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