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Neurology Now:
doi: 10.1097/01.NNN.0000316771.58040.20
Department: Letters

Neuropathy: Not Just Pain

Richardson, Eugene B.

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USA Retired Support Group Leader for the Neuropathy Association, Florida

Your listing of the Neuropathy Association (neuropathy.org; 212-692-0662) under the topic of “Pain” in Resource Central is appreciated, but it unfortunately reinforces a myth. While pain is a major symptom in some (but not all) neuropathies, other serious symptoms of this condition are too often ignored.

The Neuropathy Association should be listed under the section on “Neuromuscular Disease.” Pain is only one of the disabling symptoms of this disease, which affects both peripheral nerves and muscle function. A neuromuscular neurologist is the person most qualified to diagnose and help a patient with a peripheral neuropathy.

I would also like to refer readers to a 2007 patient resource book entitled Peripheral Neuropathy: When the Numbness, Weakness, and Pain Won't Stop, written by Norman Latov, M.D., Ph.D., of Weill Medical College, Cornell University and cofounder of the Neuropathy Association. For patients, they can obtain a copy of this very helpful book for just $10 on their Web site book store at neuropathy.org.

LtCol Eugene B. Richardson

USA Retired Support Group Leader for the Neuropathy Association, Florida

©2008 American Academy of Neurology

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