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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.
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:
* 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:
* 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
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.
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.
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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National Brain Tumor Society Braintumor.org 1-800-934-2873
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National Spasmodic Dysphonia Association dysphonia.org
Spasmodic Torticollis spasmodictorticollis.org 1-888-445-4588
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Epilepsy Foundation epilepsyfoundation.org 1-800-332-1000
National Headache Foundation headaches.org 1-888-NHF-5552 (1-888-643-5552)
American Council for Headache Education achenet.org 1-856-423-0258
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Children's Hydrocephalus Support Group hydrosupport.org
Hydrocephalus Association hydroassoc.org 1-888-598-3789
National Hydrocephalus Foundation nhfonline.org
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Multiple Sclerosis Foundation msfocus.org 1-800-225-6495
National Multiple Sclerosis Society nationalmssociety.org 1-800-FIGHT-MS (1-800-344-4867)
Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America myasthenia.org 1-800-541-5454
ALS Association alsa.org 1-800-782-4747
Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association charcot-marie-tooth.org
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
Neuropathy Association neuropathy.org 212-692-0662
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American Chronic Pain Association theacpa.org
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American Parkinson Disease Association apdaparkinson.org 1-800-223-2732
International Essential Tremor Foundation
Lewy Body Dementia Association lbda.org
Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research michaeljfox.org
National Ataxia Foundation ataxia.org 763-553-0020
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Society for Progressive Supranuclear Palsy
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Brain Attack Coalition stroke-site.org
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Brain Trauma Foundationbraintrauma.org
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National Sleep Foundation sleepfoundation.org