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Peripheral Neuropathy Not Just a Human Illness

Having peripheral neuropathy can be a very painful and isolating experience - especially since most people have never heard of it, let alone know someone who has it. But believe it or not, mankind isn't alone in the peripheral neuropathy world. There are other species that have peripheral neuropathy and experience many of the same problems we do. T...
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Is the Capsaicin Patch a Wonder Drug for Peripheral Neuropathy?

With a recent study proudly proclaiming that capsaicin 8 percent patches are now officially deemed safe for peripheral neuropathy treatment, many peripheral neuropathy sufferers are wondering if they should give these patches a try. But despite this seemingly good news, many doctors still recommend that patients proceed with caution. The study was ...
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All About Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy

For an estimated 40 percent of chemotherapy patients, being in remission isn't the end of their struggle. That's because for those unlucky 40 percent, the very chemotherapy that likely saved their life also caused a condition known as chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy, aka nerve damage. Chemotherapy medications can damage the nervous syste...
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All About Idiopathic Peripheral Neuropathy

Idiopathic peripheral neuropathy is the least common form of peripheral neuropathy, but it can often be the most frustrating. That's because idiopathic peripheral neuropathy has no known cause, so patients with this illness could literally experience the pain out of nowhere - and never get an explanation. In fact, the name idiopathic means "of unkn...
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Treating Peripheral Neuropathy in HIV Patients Can Benefit Overall Treatment

A recent study published in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes has found that patients who undergo treatment for HIV and who also experience chronic comorbid (when a condition occurs along with a second condition) pain have a more successful treatment when that comorbid pain is also treated than when that chronic pain is not addres...
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Zinc May Improve Peripheral Neuropathy Symptoms

A recent study is shedding light on the role zinc deficiency plays in peripheral neuropathy. Peripheral neuropathy is the umbrella term used to describe the many disorders of the peripheral nervous system. Despite their vast array of causes, almost all peripheral neuropathies present themselves in the same way. "They generally cause numbness and ti...
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Peripheral Neuropathy and Vitamin D

A recent study in the journal Diabetic Medicine claims that diabetic patients who are deficient in vitamin D experience more severe diabetic peripheral neuropathy symptoms than those who are not deficient in vitamin D. The study followed 59 participants. Of those 59, 45 had type 2 diabetes. The diabetic groups were further broken down into: diabeti...
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How Does a Doctor Diagnose Peripheral Neuropathy?

Chances are, if you're reading this, you already have reason to believe you may have peripheral neuropathy. But thinking you may have a condition and being diagnosed are two different things. Wouldn't it be better to know for sure? If you're considering seeing your doctor for a peripheral neuropathy diagnosis but are hesitant or fearful because you...
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What Is Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease?

Often, when you hear about peripheral neuropathy, you hear about ways in which the body's nerves have become damaged. Sometimes that damage is caused by outside influences, such as the radiation in chemotherapy. Other times it is caused by conditions people develop over time, such as diabetes or fibromyalgia. But in some rarer cases, peripheral neu...
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Commonly Prescribed Antibiotic May Cause Peripheral Neuropathy

If you have ever taken the prescription antibiotic metronidazole (often sold as Flagyl), you could be at risk for a potentially fatal side effect called peripheral neuropathy, according to the findings of a new study in the medical journal Clinical Pharmacist. Commonly used to treat severe infections such as bacterial vaginosis, trichomoniasis, pel...
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Sweat Gland Test Can Detect Peripheral Neuropathy

A new study in the journal Neurophysiologie Clinique has revealed that several tests used to detect sweat gland activity can assist peripheral neuropathy patients in a very interesting way. The study aimed to discover if these tests, which were designed to diagnose a dysautonomia, could also detect peripheral neuropathy. Dysautonomia is a term that...
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New Documentary Highlights Rare Cause of Peripheral Neuropathy

A fascinating documentary called Life Through a Lens is touring the film festival circuit. The 11-minute short follows famed Hollywood photographer Robert Zuckerman and his struggles to live and work with a disease called adult polyglucosan body disease, or APBD. Adult polyglucosan body disease is considered an "orphan disease" so rare that it affe...
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Should CBD Oil Be Used to Treat Peripheral Neuropathy?

It seems like you can't turn on a TV or speak to a friend these days without hearing about a product called CBD oil. Short for cannabidiol, CBD oil is an all-natural hemp derivative that, when grown in the right conditions, is perfectly legal in most states, despite coming from the same plant as marijuana and its active ingredient, THC, which is st...
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Improved Vitamin B Could Help Peripheral Neuropathy Symptoms

For peripheral neuropathy sufferers who are looking to treat their PN symptoms naturally and without the use of strong pharmaceuticals, the options thus far have been somewhat limited. But now, a new study called the Neontin Study has yielded some promising results that could help peripheral neuropathy sufferers reduce some of the signs and symptom...
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These Exercises May Improve Peripheral Neuropathy Symptoms

Peripheral neuropathy can be an extremely debilitating condition. Often, it can leave sufferers in so much pain - often in their legs and feet - that they are unable to get up and out of bed or walk across the room. So naturally, many sufferers balk at the idea of using exercise to improve their peripheral neuropathy symptoms. Yes, it does sou...
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How Burning Man Syndrome Could Help Treat Peripheral Neuropathy

In the new book "Chasing Men on Fire: The Story of a Search for a Pain Gene," Yale University neuroscientist Stephen G. Waxman details his search for the cause of hereditary erythromelalgia, also known as "burning man syndrome." Categorized as burning pain that affects the hands and feet, burning man syndrome is often accompanied by skin redness an...
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Alcohol Abuse Doesn’t Just Hurt the Liver

We've all heard the warning signs of how dangerous excessive consumption of alcohol can be, from impaired driving to liver damage to addiction and an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, liver disease and even some forms of cancer. But there's another risk to the body's nervous system that occurs with excessive drinking - and many people have n...
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Discovery of Antibody May Benefit Peripheral Neuropathy Patients with Sjogren’s Syndrome

For sufferers of Sjogren's Syndrome, the pain and discomfort caused by this autoimmune disorder are bad enough without the secondary complications the illness causes. Sjogren's Syndrome affects the body's mucous membranes and is frequently categorized by dry eyes and dry mouth. The illness usually develops in conjunction with diseases like lupus an...
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Can Diet Affect Peripheral Neuropathy Symptoms?

Whether we like it or not, our diets play a major role in how we look, feel and behave. Eat a diet heavy in carbohydrates and sugar? You can expect to feel lethargic and weak. Eat a diet high in greasy junk food and you can expect to gain weight and experience everything from heartburn to difficulty breathing. Down the road, both diets can lead to ...
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In-Home Safety Tips for Peripheral Neuropathy

Having peripheral neuropathy can turn your world upside down. It's not uncommon to go from having an active, healthy lifestyle to being unable to get out of bed in the morning. But often in the case of peripheral neuropathy, you're almost safer staying in bed - especially if you haven't properly safeguarded your home. That's because sometimes the n...
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