General Articles about Neuropathy
|Paging Dr. Right!
Choosing a physician ranks among the most important decisions that a patient must make. It often determines both the effectiveness and the quality of care he or she will receive. This informative, thoughtful article from the October-November 2011 issue of IG Living magazine explores what can be a daunting and laborious task.
|How Much Exercise Is Too Much or Too Little?When it comes to exercise, people with chronic pain face a dilemma: how much is too much and how little is not enough. This article from IG Living’s April-May 2012 issue explores the topic and offers guidance to those with chronic pain.
|Diagnosing and Treating Peripheral Neuropathy
Dr. Levine’s must-read article serves as a primer on neuropathy basics and common treatment options. Written in accessible layman’s terms, it provides valuable information for both veteran patients and those newly-diagnosed.
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Neuropathy Research Articles
Chemotherapy Related Neuropathy: Managing this Nerve Wracking Problem – In a guest post on the blog “Insight” (hosted by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute), Cindy Tofthagen, PhD, ARNP — a member of the Neuropathy Association’s Neuropathic Pain Management Medical Advisory Council — shares: “Although there is no sure prevention for chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN), there are ways to control the pain and minimize its effects on quality of life.”
– Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Editor’s Note: Be sure to also read through Dr. Tofthagen’s PowerPoint slides (click here) from her Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy presentation from a meeting hosted by Dana-Farber’s Blum Patient and Family Resource Center.
“Aches and Gains” Radio Show Host Discusses Diabetic Neuropathy with Dr. Alan Berger and Jerry Mathers – On August 10th, Dr. Paul Christo — one of America’s leading experts on relieving acute and chronic pain — put the spotlight on diabetic neuropathy with guest hosts Dr. Alan Berger (director of one of our designated Neuropathy Centers of Excellence at the University of Florida and Shands Jacksonville) and “Leave It To Beaver” star Jerry Mathers on his radio show on pain, Aches and Gains, on SiriusXM satellite radio, channel 131.
-“Aches and Gains” radio show
“Aches and Gains” Radio Show Host Discusses CIDP with Dr. David Cornblath and “Fierce Joy” author Ellen Schecter – On August 17th, Dr. Paul Christo — one of America’s leading experts on relieving acute and chronic pain — put the spotlight on chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP, an autoimmune form of neuropathy) with guest hosts Dr. David Cornblath and “Fierce Joy” author (and a patient in our community) Ellen Schecter on his radio show on pain, Aches and Gains, on SiriusXM satellite radio, channel 131.
-“Aches and Gains” radio show
Researchers Study How Nerve Cells Repair Themselves After Injury – One molecule makes nerve cells grow longer. Another one makes them grow branches. These new experimental manipulations have taken researchers a step closer to understanding how nerve cells are repaired at their farthest reaches after injury, according to a study recently published in the “Journal of Neuroscience.” Dr. Jeffery Twiss (at Drexel University in the College of Arts and Sciences) author of the study notes, “If you injure a peripheral nerve, it will spontaneously regenerate, but it goes very slowly. We’re trying to speed that up.”
Mayo Researchers Identify Gene Variations that Predict Chemotherapy Side Effects – Seemingly benign differences in genetic code from one person to the next could influence who develops side effects to chemotherapy, according to a Mayo Clinic study. The study identified gene variations that can predispose people to chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy, a condition that is hard to predict and often debilitating enough to cause cancer patients to stop their treatment early.
Clues To Why Chronic Pain Can Feel Icy – A new research study published in the journal “Neuron” offers clues to why chronic pain can feel icy cold. “Just like removing heat from a room makes us feel cold (such as with an air conditioner), removing the circuit that animals use to sense heat made them hypersensitive to cold,” notes neuroscientist Mark J. Zylka, PhD.
Deep Brain Stimulation and Neuropathic Pain – A recent study published in “Neurosurgery” (the official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons), points to the possibility that deep brain stimulation (DBS) can lead to long-term improvement in pain scores and other outcomes in patients with difficult-to-treat neuropathic pain.