Do Fibromyalgia Patients Have Hope for Pain Relief Through Neuropathy Treatments?

Fibromyalgia is one of the most common and expensive health problems in America today. Dr. Anne Louise Oaklander, PhD, at Massachusetts General Hospital conducted a study on fibromyalgia patients due to the theory that fibromyalgia is related to small-fiber polyneuropathy (SFPN). Within her study, Dr. Oaklander found that nearly half of the fibromyalgia participants also…

Diagnosing Small Fiber Neuropathy

Nearly 40 million Americans suffer from damage to nerve fibers, making peripheral neuropathy a rapidly expanding public health problem. Small fiber neuropathy and specific damage to myelinated or unmyelinated nerve fibers can develop as a result from a variety of diseases including diabetes, metabolic syndrome, thyroid dysfunction, and celiac disease. It is important to understand…

Cancer and Peripheral Neuropathy: Chemotherapy-induced Peripheral Neuropathy

The diagnosis of cancer is often a terrifying one. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 12.7 million people are diagnosed with cancer each year. Cancer stricken individuals can undergo various treatments including chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. In some cases, chemotherapy drugs can promote the development of peripheral neuropathy, damaging the nerves of…

Pediatric Testing May Miss Out on Diagnosing Pediatric Diabetic Neuropathy

According to an April 26, 2013 published study in the journal Pediatrics, standard screening methods for diabetic peripheral neuropathies (DPN) are not a reliable method for detecting this condition in pediatric patients. According to the American Diabetes Association, children with type 1 diabetes should be tested for DPN on an annual basis. However,  new research suggests…