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Indigo TreeThis section features articles on nerve pain, neuroscience, neuroplasticity, CRPS/RSD and anything related I find that expands the mind, offers a hopeful perspective and / or is of practical use.

 

 

 

 

 

Mystery of CRPS / RSD – Call to Action (Globe & Mail)
by Jessica Mendes
This piece was re-positioned as a “What It’s Like” piece for the special Health feature in the Globe, but text itself unedited.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/health/what-its-like-to-live-with-off-the-charts-chronic-pain/article30467475/

Neuroplastic Transformation for the Treatment of Pain
New York Times: New books by Frances E. Jensen, Norman Doidge & Michael Gazzaniga
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/05/books/review/the-teenage-brain-and-more.html?mwrsm=Email

Those with CRPS beware: Opioids can INCREASE sensitivity to pain
New York Times: How Doctors Helped Drive the Addiction Crisis
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/08/opinion/sunday/how-doctors-helped-drive-the-addiction-crisis.html

Patient-Centered Research: The Pain Research Forum
A Conversation with Anne Louise Oaklander
http://www.painresearchforum.org/forums/discussion/18553-patient-centered-research-conversation-anne-louise-oaklander

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome in Adults
Dr. Andreas Goebel, Rheumatology Journal
http://rheumatology.oxfordjournals.org/content/50/10/1739.abstract

Turning to Software to Help Treat Brain Injuries (New York Times)
On the work of Michael Merzenich, neuroscientist & pioneer in brain plasticity research
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/17/us/17bcbrain.html?_r=0

Rewired: Learning to Tame a Noisy Brain (or, using the power of neuroplasticity)
Globe & Mail on Norman Doidge, Jan. 23, 2015
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/health/learning-to-tame-a-noisy-brain-or-how-you-can-use-the-power-of-neuroplasticity/article22608412/

Chronic Pain Relieved by Cell Transplantation in Lab Study
Jeffrey Norris, UCSF
http://www.ucsf.edu/news/2012/05/12055/chronic-pain-relieved-cell-transplantation-lab-study

How You Can Make Your Brain Smarter Every Day (Forbes)
by Michael Merzenich
http://www.forbes.com/sites/nextavenue/2013/08/06/how-you-can-make-your-brain-smarter-every-day/

Researchers Identify Important Neural Mechanism Responsible for Certain Chronic Pain Disorders
Medical News, Dec. 6, 2014
http://www.news-medical.net/news/20141206/Researchers-identify-important-neural-mechanism-responsible-for-certain-chronic-pain-disorders.aspx

The Supreme Art – Teaching People About Pain
by Tim Cocks
http://noijam.com/2014/10/03/the-supreme-art/

Pain Changes How Pain Works
Jargon-to-English translation of an important scientific paper by a rock star of a pain researcher; owner’s manual stuff
https://www.painscience.com/articles/central-sensitization.php

The Neurology of the Immune System: Neural Reflexes Regulate Immunity 
ScienceDirect: Cytokines, inflammation & pain, among other conditions
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0896627309007508

10 Ways to Alter Your Brain
Huffington Post on the work of neuroscientist Michael Merzenich
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/22/brain-plasticity_n_932637.html

The Trouble with Brain Science (New York Times)
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/12/opinion/the-trouble-with-brain-science.html

Learning How Little We Know About the Brain (New York Times)
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/11/science/learning-how-little-we-know-about-the-brain.html?ref=science

A tool for communicating body perception disturbances (CRPS)
http://www.bodyinmind.org/body-perception-crps-stroke/

Brain Myths by Dr. Karen Shue
http://www.brainandhealthblog.com/2007/06/05/brain-myths-how-much-of-our-brain-do-we-use/

The Neurobiology of Individuality (The Scientist)
http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/35514/title/The-Neurobiology-of-Individuality/

Body Perception Disturbance in CRPS
By Jenny Lewis, PhD, Dip, COT and C. S. McCabe, PhD, RGN
http://www.rsds.org/pdfsall/PPM_April2010.pdf

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Research
Rocky Mountain CRPS/RSD
Stanford Pain Center and Systems Neuroscience Pain Lab
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)
http://www.rmrsd.org/research.htm

The ‘Dis-inhibited’ Brain: New Findings on CRPS
Science Daily
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/09/110921120050.htm

Autoimmune Research Opening Up New Options for Chronic Pain Sufferers
Autoimmunity and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
by Cort Johnson
http://www.prohealth.com/fibromyalgia/library/showarticle.cfm?libid=19132

Motor dysfunction in CRPS related to proprioceptive deficits
http://www.bodyinmind.org/motor-dysfunction-in-crps-related-to-proprioceptive-deficits-2/

The Pain Test by Susannah Locke
Doctors have no idea how much their patients are suffering. That’s about to change.
http://www.vox.com/2014/10/15/6895171/how-doctors-measure-pain-brain-scan-fmri

Pain, Finding Perspectives by Virginia McMillan
New Zealand Doctor: newspaper for GPs and others in the health sector
http://www.anzca.edu.au/communications/Media/pdfs/Pain%20Find%20Perspectives%204%20December%2013.pdf

Understanding Pain As an Overprotective Friend (blog)
http://sunlightinwinter.com/2013/02/08/understanding-pain-as-an-overprotective-friend/ 

Top 10 Things to Kick Start the Healing Process in Your Body
Gluten linked to both neurological & autoimmune problems

What Your Neurologist & Rheumatologist Won’t Tell You About Disease
http://www.healthy-holistic-living.com/neurologist-rheumatologist-wont-tell-disease.html

Neurologists: Opioid Risks Outweigh Benefits
National Pain Report
http://americannewsreport.com/nationalpainreport/neurologists-opioid-risks-outweigh-benefits-8824947.html

Calming Patients’ Nervous Systems Reduces Pain Intensity & Distress, Opioid Use
by Debra Hughes, MS
http://www.empr.com/calming-patients-nervous-systems-reduces-pain-intensity-and-distress-opioid-use/article/368982/

Your Psychology Affects Your Response to Medical Treatments
Psychology Today: Pain Catastrophizing by Beth Darnall, PhD
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/less-pain-fewer-pills/201409/your-psychology-affects-your-response-medical-treatments

Pain Is Weird by Paul Ingraham
Highly educational piece with practical advice on reducing pain
https://www.painscience.com/articles/pain-is-weird.php

Seven Things You Should Know About Pain Science by Todd Hargrove
Research shows that pain education can improve outcomes
http://www.bettermovement.org/2010/seven-things-you-should-know-about-pain-science/

DIM SIMs: Explain Pain & Protectometer
by Tim Cocks
http://noijam.com/2015/03/12/dim-sims/

When the Pain Just Won’t Stop
by Nissa Simon, MORE Magazine
http://www.more.com/health/wellness/when-pain-just-wont-stop

A Dip Into the Forests of the Brain
Los Angeles Review of Books
http://lareviewofbooks.org/review/dip-forests-brain/

Teaching the Nervous System to Forget About Pain
PBS Storyline: Mind Over Matter by Eleanor Nelsen
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/next/body/chronic-pain/

‘Run, Hide, Fight’ Is Not How Our Brains Work (New York Times)
Contemporary science has refined the old “fight or flight” concept
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/20/opinion/sunday/run-hide-fight-is-not-how-our-brains-work.html?emc=edit_th_20151219&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=26590913

Pioneering cell transplant surgery on paraplegic (New Yorker)
The central nervous system is not at all static; it is constantly remaking itself in response to both opportunity and insult.”
http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/01/25/one-small-step-annals-of-medicine-d-t-max?mbid=nl_012016_Daily&CNDID=30228249&spMailingID=8454694&spUserID=MTA5MjQwNjk3MTg1S0&spJobID=842221165&spReportId=ODQyMjIxMTY1S0

Informed Decision-Making Regarding Amputation for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery
http://jbjs.org/content/96/11/930.short

CRPS: A Stacked Deck
by Cynthia Toussaint, special to National Pain Report
http://nationalpainreport.com/crps-a-stacked-deck-8830856.html