The Educated Patient: Peripheral Neuropathy

Direct patients to any of these reliable, thorough sites focused on peripheraly neuropathy. Click above to learn about each.

This site’s description of the peripheral nervous system includes a written discussion and an illustration of the human body, with the different nervous systems highlighted. The differences between polyneuropathy and mononeuropathy, as well as how the two can develop, are explained. Causes of PN include poor nutrition, diabetes, hereditary disorders, and more. The site explains how each cause can lead to PN, signs and symptoms, diagnostic tests, and treatment options.

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The Neuropathy Association

Ongoing research efforts, support groups, and facts about neuropathy—signs and symptoms, treatments, and more—are all discussed here. Patients can share stories about living with neuropathy, learn about ongoing research, and read about recent neuropathy news. Two videos featured on the site discuss how volunteering can improve health and feelings of wellness, and the introduction of new legislation that is attempting to “remedy inadequate Medicare reimbursements currently restricting patient access to IVIG.”

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Peripheral NeuropathyIn addition to general information about PN, including signs, risk factors, complications and more, this site also includes a slide show of brain anatomy. These slides provide a general overview of the brain’s structure and how nerves work. Pharmacologic treatment options are explored, and the site also discusses how patients can use alternative medicine or make lifestyle changes to manage symptoms.

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Peripheral Neuropathy Fact Sheet

Trauma, systemic diseases, infections and autoimmune disorders, and genetics are all causes of PN. This site discusses how each different one can lead to PN, and how the symptoms of each vary. Diagnosis, treatment options, and ongoing research of PN in general, and the types that are caused by something specific, such as diabetic PN or inherited PN, are also discussed.

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