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doi: 10.1097/01.NNN.0000351344.18381.88
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Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy affects nearly 20 million people in the U.S., more often older adults. About 1 in 3 people with diabetes suffer from the condition, and it affects about 1 in 3 people with HIV. Certain chemotherapy drugs can cause peripheral neuropathy, and it can be associated with other diseases such as muscular dystrophy, Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, alcoholism, and lupus. Symptoms include pain, numbness, loss of balance, and tingling in the extremities.

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Two useful books on neuropathy are Peripheral Neuropathy: When the Numbness, Weakness, and Pain Won't Stop, (Demos Publishing, 2007) by Norman Latov, M.D., Ph.D., professor of neurology at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University; and You Can Cope with Peripheral Neuropathy: 365 Tips for Living a Full Life (Demos Publishing, 2009) by Norman Latov, M.D., and Mims Cushing.

Peripheral Neuropathy: When the Numbness, Weakness, and Pain Won't Stop, part of the American Academy of Neurology's patient book series, explains what we know about neuropathy, including its causes and manifestations, and what can be done to manage it. Topics covered include:

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* The causes of peripheral neuropathy

* Drug therapy for the condition itself and for managing symptoms such as pain

* Interventional therapy such as nerve blocks

* Caring for your feet

* Personal accounts of people living with neuropathy

* Alternative medicines—and much more

You Can Cope with Peripheral Neuropathy: 365 Tips for Living a Full Life, is a compendium of tips, techniques, and life-task shortcuts to help people living with this painful condition. Published just in time for National Neuropathy Week—May 11-15—this valuable manual was written by Dr. Latov and former neuropathy support group leader Mims Cushing. Topics include:

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* What to ask at doctor appointments

* Making the house easier to navigate with neuropathy

* Where to find a support group

* Tips for traveling with neuropathy

* Using vitamins and herbs for treatment—and much more

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AAN Patient Education Series

Each volume in this book series provides in-depth coverage of a particular condition in a reader-friendly format. The latest information and treatment options are provided by the authors, all experts on their topic.

Alzheimer's Disease, by Paul Dash and Nicole Villemarette-Pittman, Ph.D.

Amytrophic Lateral Sclerosis, by Robert G. Miller, M.D.; Deborah Gelinas, M.D.; and Patricia O'Connor, R.N.

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Epilepsy: A Guide to Balancing Your Life, by Ilo E. Leppik, M.D.

Guillain-Barre Syndrome: From Diagnosis to Recovery, by Gareth J. Parry, M.B., Ch.B., FRACP, and Joel S. Steinberg, M.D., Ph.D.

Migraine and Other Headaches, by William B. Young, M.D., and Stephen D. Silberstein, M.D.

Peripheral Neuropathy: When the Numbness Weakness & Pain Won't Stop, by Norman Latov, M.D., Ph.D.

Restless Legs Syndrome: Coping with Your Sleepless Nights, by Mark J. Buchfuher, M.D.; Wayne A. Hening, M.D.; and Clete A. Kushida, M.D.

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Spinal Cord Injury: A Guide for Patients and Families, by Michael E. Selzer, M.D., Ph.D., and Bruce H. Dobkin, M.D.

Stroke, by Louis R. Caplan, M.D.

Understanding Pain: What It Is, Why It Happens and How It's Managed, by Harry J. Gould, III, M.D., Ph.D. To purchase, call 800-879-1960 (651-695-2717 outside U.S.) or visit aan.com/store

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HELP FOR ALL NEUROLOGICAL DISORDERS

American Academy of Neurology Foundation neurofoundation.org 1-800-879-1960

The Brain MattersAAN patient website thebrainmatters.org

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke ninds.nih.gov

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ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE

Alzheimer's Association alz.org 1-800-272-3900

Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center alzheimers.org 1-800-438-4380

Alzheimer's Foundation of America alzfdn.org 1-866-232-8484

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AUTISM

Autism Society of America autism-society.org 1-800-3AUTISM (1-800-328-8476)

Autism Speaks, Inc. autismspeaks.org 212-252-8584

Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership grasp.org 1-888-474-7277

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BRAIN TUMOR

American Brain Tumor Association abta.org 800-886-2282

Children's Brain Tumor Foundation cbtf.org 1-866-CBT-HOPE (228-4673)

National Brain Tumor Society Braintumor.org 1-800-934-2873

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CEREBRAL PALSY

United Cerebral Palsy ucp.org 1-800-872-5827

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DYSTONIA

Benign Essential Blepharospasm Research Foundation, Inc. Blepharospasm.org 409-832-0788

Dystonia Foundation dystonia-foundation.org 1-800-377-DYST (1-800-377-3978)

National Spasmodic Dysphonia Association dysphonia.org

1-800-795-6732

Spasmodic Torticollis spasmodictorticollis.org 1-888-445-4588

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EPILEPSY AND SEIZURES

Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE) CUREepilepsy.org 312-255-1801

Epilepsy Foundation epilepsyfoundation.org 1-800-332-1000

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HEADACHE/MIGRAINE

National Headache Foundation headaches.org 1-888-NHF-5552 (1-888-643-5552)

American Council for Headache Education achenet.org 1-856-423-0258

Migraine Research Foundation migraineresearchfoundation.org 212-249-5402

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HUNTINGTON'S DISEASE

Hereditary Disease Foundation hdfoundation.org 212-928-2121

Huntington's Disease Society of America hdsa.org 1-800-345-HDSA (1-800-345-4372)

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HYDROCEPHALUS

Children's Hydrocephalus Support Group hydrosupport.org

425-482-0479

Hydrocephalus Association hydroassoc.org 1-888-598-3789

National Hydrocephalus Foundation nhfonline.org

1-888-857-3434

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MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS

MSFriends msfriends.org1-877-MSFRIENDS

MSWorld msworld.org

Multiple Sclerosis Association of America msassociation.org 1-800-532-7667

Multiple Sclerosis Foundation msfocus.org 1-800-225-6495

National Multiple Sclerosis Society nationalmssociety.org 1-800-FIGHT-MS (1-800-344-4867)

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MYASTHENIA GRAVIS

Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America myasthenia.org 1-800-541-5454

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NEUROMUSCULAR DISEASES

ALS Association alsa.org 1-800-782-4747

Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association charcot-marie-tooth.org

610-499-92641-800-606-CMTA (2682)

Moebius Syndrome Foundation moebiussyndrome.com 1-660-834-3406

Muscular Dystrophy Association mda.org 1-800-FIGHT-MD (1-800-344-4863)

Neuropathy Action Foundation neuropathyaction.org

1-877-512-7262

Neuropathy Association neuropathy.org 212-692-0662

Spastic Paraplegia Foundation, Inc. sp-foundation.org

1-877-773-4483

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PAIN

American Chronic Pain Association theacpa.org

916-632-09221-800-533-3231

American Pain Foundation painfoundation.org 1-888-615-PAIN (1-888-615-7246)

National Foundation for the Treatment of Pain paincare.org 713-862-9332

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PARKINSON'S DISEASE & MOVEMENT DISORDERS

American Parkinson Disease Association apdaparkinson.org 1-800-223-2732

International Essential Tremor Foundation

essentialtremor.org 1-888-387-3667

Lewy Body Dementia Association lbda.org

Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research michaeljfox.org

1-800-708-7644

National Ataxia Foundation ataxia.org 763-553-0020

National Parkinson Foundation parkinson.org 1-800-327-4545

Parkinson's Disease Foundation pdf.org 1-800-457-6676

Society for Progressive Supranuclear Palsy

curepsp.org 1-800-457-4777

WE MOVE (Worldwide Education & Awareness for Movement Disorders) wemove.org

212-875-8312

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STROKE

American Stroke Association strokeassociation.org 1-888-4-STROKE (1-800-478-7653)

Brain Attack Coalition stroke-site.org

1-800-STROKES (1-800-787-6563)

National Stroke Association stroke.org 1-800-STROKES (1-800-787-6563)

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TRAUMA

Brain Injury Association of Americabiausa.org

1-800-444-6443

Brain Trauma Foundationbraintrauma.org

National Spinal Cord Injury Association spinalcord.org 1-800-962-9629

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SLEEP

National Sleep Foundation sleepfoundation.org

202-347-3471

©2009 American Academy of Neurology

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