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Volume VI, No. 9: September, 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 Healthcare System, Not Docs, to Blame for Opioid Epidemic view Steve Passik, a well-known expert on pain management, has a most refreshing attitude about the "opioid epidemic" and its possible causes.
2 Outrage Over DEA’s Kratom Decision view Despite no documented ill effects from it, the DEA has decided to place kratom (specifically, its two major constituents) into Schedule I. This has outraged the many users of this natural product, as you'll read here.
3 Should the DEA Ban Kratom? Take Our Survey view The Pain News Network, along with other organizations, is sponsoring a survey from citizens with an opinion about the sudden scheduling of kratom into C-I. Please take this short survey!
4 'Pacemaker for Pain' Relieves Complex Regional Pain Syndrome view DRG (dorsal root ganglion) stimulation continues to give amazing results when used to combat CRPS. Rush Univ. hospital has installed over 30 units so far.
5 Scientists Find New, Non-Addictive Opioid Painkiller Compound view Academic researchers have prepared an opioid that not only lasts up to 30 hrs, but induces almost no typical side effects, including tolerance and addiction. The scientists have used primates, but are now preparing for human trials.
6 Surgeon General Warns About Painkillers in Unprecedented Letter to All US Doctors view For the first time in history, the Surgeon General has written to all 3 million doctors in the country. He's doing this to popularize the CDC's opioid guidelines. The letter is included here. What do you all think of this?
7 Opinion: Hey CDC, “I’m not who you think I am!” view This is one of the better rants about the CDC opioid guidelines that I've yet seen.
8 The Problem With How The Media Portrays Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) view Here's one person's rant on the biased manner in which the media portrays CRPS. See if you agree.
9 10 Strategies to Try When You’re Sick of Being Sick view We all get sick of being sick. Here are some strategies to use when you're in that space.
10 A Pained Life: The Insidiousness of Pain view Here's an insightful article about someone who found remission, but still finds herself guarding against the triggers that used to send her into a major pain flare.
11 Researchers Create “Unprecedented, Weird and Cool” Opioid Painkiller from Scratch view A team of researchers from several universities has made a pain-blocking compound with no relation to morphine, except that it interacts with the opioid receptor. It seems to cause no peripheral effects like constipation, respiratory depression, etc. This could be the start of a whole new class of painkillers!
12 Waiting for Santa in the ER view Here's a darkly humorous accounting of one woman's recent experiences at an ER with a doctor who didn't believe her RSD diagnosis.
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