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doi: 10.1097/01.NNN.0000351344.18381.88
Department: Resource Central
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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

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American Academy of Neurology Foundation 1-800-879-1960

The Brain MattersAAN patient website

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

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Alzheimer's Association 1-800-272-3900

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

Alzheimer's Foundation of America 1-866-232-8484

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Autism Society of America 1-800-3AUTISM (1-800-328-8476)

Autism Speaks, Inc. 212-252-8584

Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership 1-888-474-7277

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American Brain Tumor Association 800-886-2282

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

National Brain Tumor Society 1-800-934-2873

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United Cerebral Palsy 1-800-872-5827

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

Dystonia Foundation 1-800-377-DYST (1-800-377-3978)

National Spasmodic Dysphonia Association


Spasmodic Torticollis 1-888-445-4588

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

Epilepsy Foundation 1-800-332-1000

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National Headache Foundation 1-888-NHF-5552 (1-888-643-5552)

American Council for Headache Education 1-856-423-0258

Migraine Research Foundation 212-249-5402

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Hereditary Disease Foundation 212-928-2121

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

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Children's Hydrocephalus Support Group


Hydrocephalus Association 1-888-598-3789

National Hydrocephalus Foundation


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MSFriends msfriends.org1-877-MSFRIENDS


Multiple Sclerosis Association of America 1-800-532-7667

Multiple Sclerosis Foundation 1-800-225-6495

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

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Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America 1-800-541-5454

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ALS Association 1-800-782-4747

Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association

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

Moebius Syndrome Foundation 1-660-834-3406

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

Neuropathy Action Foundation


Neuropathy Association 212-692-0662

Spastic Paraplegia Foundation, Inc.


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American Chronic Pain Association


American Pain Foundation 1-888-615-PAIN (1-888-615-7246)

National Foundation for the Treatment of Pain 713-862-9332

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American Parkinson Disease Association 1-800-223-2732

International Essential Tremor Foundation 1-888-387-3667

Lewy Body Dementia Association

Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research


National Ataxia Foundation 763-553-0020

National Parkinson Foundation 1-800-327-4545

Parkinson's Disease Foundation 1-800-457-6676

Society for Progressive Supranuclear Palsy 1-800-457-4777

WE MOVE (Worldwide Education & Awareness for Movement Disorders)


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

Brain Attack Coalition

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

National Stroke Association 1-800-STROKES (1-800-787-6563)

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Brain Injury Association of


Brain Trauma

National Spinal Cord Injury Association 1-800-962-9629

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National Sleep Foundation


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