Stem cell therapy is here, but is it the long-awaited cure for CRPS?

There are times when stem cell related therapies would seem to be the panacea for all ills, but could stem cell therapy soon become commonplace in relieving the symptoms of CRPS? As we discuss below, if you have the hard cash, there are already private clinics offering the treatment. San Francisco research We have considered …

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CRPS and Smoking

Over recent decades smoking has increasingly become the most high-profile medical bogeyman. Before they can take a single and no doubt deeply satisfying drag, tobacco consumers must now run the gauntlet of eye-watering prices, prophetical messages of doom, explicit medical imagery and social ostracisation. Twenty years ago the publicised danger was focused on a number …

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What is a sympathectomy and can it reduce the pain of CRPS?

The word ‘sympathectomy’ has the ring of something lulling you into a false sense of security. It starts off well – ‘sympath’ – ok, it’s missing the ‘y’, yet still verging on the warm and comforting. But then you reach those final two syllables – ‘ectomy’ – yup, that means surgical removal. So what exactly …

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Keeping faith in bisphosphonates: Pamidronate for CRPS

As Libby Parfitt reported back in January 2018, the multiple-centre trial of a seemingly promising drug for the treatment of CRPS, Zoledronic Acid (also known as Zoledronate), was halted by the pharmaceutical company, Axsome Therapeutics. The reason given for this move was “futility”; in other words, the data collected to that point suggested that the …

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Report of European Pain Federation task force on CRPS published

Jan 13th 2019 | article by Richard Lowes The standard of clinical practice for most conditions varies from country to country and this is certainly the case for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). Indeed, in Europe there has long been a desire to see a uniformity in approach to the diagnosis, treatment and management of …

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Vitamins and supplements for Chronic Pain

Feb 11th 2019 | article by Richard Lowes Quite rightly, the first port of call for most people suffering chronic pain in any of its many guises are mainstream treatments and medications. However, many sufferers, particularly those whose chronic pain condition has become well-established and possibly resistant to therapy, turn for some symptomatic relief to …

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