Nerve Injuries and the Fixed Dystonias of CRPS

Nerve Injuries and the Fixed Dystonia’s of CRPS
by: Mark S. Cooper, PhD, Department of Biology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA

Type of Submission: Letter to Editor

Running Head: CRPS Fixed Dystonias

Nerve injury is a known precipitant of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). However, is nerve injury a primary cause of CRPS dystonia? In 2009, Oaklander and Fields(1) reviewed peripheral aspects of CRPS, asking whether diverse symptoms of this neuropathic pain disorder are linked to small‐fiber neuropathies. These authors also described a possible role for large‐fiber neuropathies in the etiology of CRPS fixed dystonias. This hypothesis adds a valuable new perspective to one of the most controversial topics in neurology: the fixed dystonias of CRPS.

During, and after, the American Civil War, Dr. Silas Weir Mitchell described both intense burning pain (causalgia) and fixed dystonias in a subset …


Tips for Safe Medicine Storage

Tips for Safe Medicine Storage

Thousands of young children end up in emergency departments every year after getting into medicines while their parents or caregivers are not looking.
Unfortunately, accidental ingestion’s don’t take a vacation.

It’s important for parents to always keep medicines and vitamins Up and Away and Out of Sight at home, and also when families are away from their homes and staying in hotels or as guests in others’ homes.

When traveling, remember these five simple tips for safely storing medicines while on-the-go:

  1. When packing for a trip, keep your medicines in their original child-resistant containers. Other containers, such as pill organizers and baggies, often lack child safety features and can be easily accessed by young children.
  2. While staying in a hotel, secure your medicines and vitamins in a location that your children cannot see or reach,
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