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Volume VI, No. 8: August, 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.

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 Two Drug Combo More Effective for Fibromylagia view It appears that Lyrica and Cymbalta, used together, are much more effective in pain relief for FM than either drug used alone.
2 Children's Specialized seeing rise in complex pain syndrome in kids, particularly girls view According to a children's hospital in NJ, the number of teenaged girls with CRPS is rapidly increasing, possibly due to better diagnoses.
3 One Fireman’s Fight for Himself and the Chronic Pain Patient view A firefighter with job-caused chronic pain since the early '80's has written an article on his struggles with the new opioid guidelines.
4 'Art has been my saviour': How young mother, 25, who lives in agony after a car accident a year ago channels her pain into intricately engraved masterpieces view An Australian woman has found a way to channel her CRPS pain into artwork.
5 ‘Pain Paradox’ Discovery: Does It Offer Route to New Pain Meds? view Substance P is a neurotransmitter that accentuates pain in the central nervous system. It has now been found to lessen pain in the peripheral nervous system, opening the door to new possible pain treatments.
6 Burnout view I suspect that everyone can identify with this woman's feeling of burnout, with the ongoing stream of anti-opioid propaganda in the news media.
7 The Crime of Chronic Pain view Here's an interesting take on the social isolation all chronic pain patients feel with an invisible illness like CRPS.
8 ‘Wakeup Call’ for Neurontin Abuse view This article is based on a "small study", so I don't know how seriously to take it, but it sure surprised me.
9 The ‘Cone of Silence’ Returns to CDC view It seems that the CDC has been conducting a series of webinars on the new opioid guidelines, although finding out who their "experts" are is still shrouded in secrecy.
10 I don't miss it one bit, says swimmer, 21, who ignored doctors' advice and raised £10,000 to have her left leg CUT OFF after years of agony caused by excruciating nerve pain view A fascinating account of a young UK woman who had her leg amputated to escape the crippling, endless pain from CRPS in her left leg.
11 DEA Doesn’t Budge on Marijuana Classification but Relents (A little) on Research view The DEA has decided not to re-schedule marijuana from its C-I status into a schedule that's less restrictive. It is going to allow other entities, probably universities, to grow marijuana for research, but in practice this won't help our situation much.
12 Rebutting Media Hype About Opioids view A touching open letter to the media to be more all-encompassing and fair in their reporting on the "opioid problem".
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