“Without IVIg, to breathe and speak simultaneously were impossible, motor functions ceased confining me to a wheelchair…” Without Intravenous Gamma Globulin Infusions (IVIg) my symptoms had become life threatening as noted by my treating Neurologist in 2005 and my quality of life was reduced to one level above insanity. Without […]
Can the lack of Vitamin E cause neuropathy?
A Neuropathy Patient wrote: (Permission granted to use the story.) “My neuropathy is caused by long term malabsorbtion of vitamin E. I saw a neurologist at Mayo Clinic, after years of “treatment” in my home town. The diagnosis was polyradiculoneuropathy with ataxia. Why do I not see more information about […]
Doctor/Patient Relationships: Unlocking Doors
By understanding important elements of the Doctor/Patient relationship, patients can participate in unlocking barriers which too often prevent them from getting the most out of visits to a medical professional.
Medication Induced Neuropathy
Peter D. Donofrio, M.D. is professor of Neurology and director of the Neuromuscular Division of the Department of Neurology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He is director of Neuropathy Center at Vanderbilt. Read the excellent article by Dr. Donofrio on Medication Induced Neuropathy that is printed below. The limits of the blood-brain and blood nerve barriers […]
Alternative and Complementary Medicines for Neuropathy
Before using any alternative medicines and complementary treatments it is strongly recommend you receive direction from your personal physician first. Below is a listing of just a few of the Alternative and Complementary Medicines for Neuropathy we feel are worth considering: ALPHA LIPOIC ACID Dr. Norman Latov in his book on peripheral neuropathy along […]
What is Neuropathic Pain?
The physical cause of neuropathic pain is damaged peripheral nerves and as one medical expert notes, may also be due to the attempt of damaged nerves to fire across damaged sections of the peripheral nerve. See: References #1 to #3 Somatization Disorders Somatization disorder is a long-term (chronic) condition in […]
How is Neuropathic Pain Treated?
FACT: Neuropathic pain does NOT respond to ‘normal’ pain medications. Pain signals from an external stimulus like a cut or from an internal broken bone are treated with many well-known treatment options for pain. Pain signals from damaged nerves which send real, but faulty signals to the brain must be […]
The Problem with a Diagnosis of Idiopathic Neuropathy
Idiopathic Neuropathy according to medical experts writing in the Journal of the Peripheral Nervous System should be considered as a disease entity in and of itself. It is recommended that this condition be diagnosed as Chronic Idiopathic Axonal Polyneuropathy or (CIAP) as a major health problem. (See reference 1.) I would […]
I Have Neuropathy – So Why Are My Tests Normal?
Being a patient with CIDP/Autonomic PN for over 45 years due to exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam, this is a subject with which I have a lot of hard earned experience. So, let me be clear. The over two hundred doctors I saw for my symptoms from 1969 to […]
Will My Neuropathy Get Worse?
One issue neuropathy patient’s face is the fear that their neuropathy will grow progressively worse. Neurologists call this a progressive polyneuropathy. The truth: no one really knows if your neuropathy will worsen, stay the same or disappear. A neurologist shared that this may have more to do with the underlying […]