The news about the danger of the West Nile Virus in some areas of the U.S. and other countries is known to most of us. Given this news on WNV, it is important that neuropathy patients and those patients with neurological illness, in areas prone to mosquito infestation, take extra precautions […]
Did FDR Actually Suffer from Peripheral Neuropathy?
The question remains, did former President Roosevelt have Polio or a Peripheral Neuropathy known as GBS and why should we care? In August 1921, at the age of 39, while vacationing at Campobello Island in Canada, soon to be President Franklin D Roosevelt contracted an illness characterized by the acute […]
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 […]
Top Twenty Symptoms of Peripheral Neuropathy
Each person’s experience varies depending on their type of Neuropathy, but in general following are the most common Symptoms of Peripheral Neuropathy: 1) Severe strange pains in your feet, legs, hands and other parts of the body; including “crawling insects” under your skin; 2) Balance is difficult when walking, getting […]
Do Not Settle With a Diagnosis of Idiopathic Neuropathy
We receive hundreds of questions a year from neuropathy patients looking for more information. For many it is the first time they have been diagnosed. Following is one of our most common questions: “For quite some time I have been suffering from strange symptoms from numbness in my feet and […]
Is the Diagnosis of Idiopathic Neuropathy a Cop-Out?
The majority of Neuropathy research today is focused on diabetes and obesity which is fine, but too many patients are not diabetic or obese yet carry a diagnosis of neuropathy.
Idiopathic Neuropathy: What do I do now?
A good start is to read Dr. Norman Latov’s book “Peripheral Neuropathy: When the Numbness, Weakness and Pain Won’t Stop” published by the American Academy of Neurology Press, available at Amazon for under $15. You should also read, and provide your doctor with a copy of, the article “How to […]
Diagnosing Small Fiber Neuropathy
You’ve probably been hearing and reading more about small fiber neuropathy. Doctors can now make the diagnosis in their office, by doing a 3 mm skin punch biopsy and sending the specimen to Therapath for determination of epidermal nerve fiber density. The procedure takes only 5 to 10 minutes to perform, […]
How to Diagnose Peripheral Neuropathy
“How to Diagnose Peripheral Neuropathy? No Simple Answers: Experts Offer Some Guiding Principles”, Neurology Today, March 15, 2012, volume 12(6); pp 30, 32-33 by Mark Moran. Neurology Today is to be congratulated for featuring this article during a time when we fight hard for increased awareness and increased clinical training […]