Wednesday, November 22, 2006

More research is needed into the effectiveness of treatment of complex regional pain syndrome.

The Clinical Journal of Pain June 2006 reports Lippincott & Williams & Wilkin's article on Pharmacolgic Management of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. The important point in this article is that not enough has been studied and treatment is largely guided by experience and experiment. Much research that has been done requires followup. I know when I could take medications I didn't feel comfortable with the random "try this" approach. I was fortunate that my treating specialist at the time did clearly outline current guidelines for treatment and followed the plan. In this way we were able to determine in the end that nothing was suitable. The message also needs to get out there to professionals so that others can get an early diagnosis which can result in a better outcome.

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