Helping Patients with Alcohol Induced Neuropathy

One of the most serious—but rarely discussed—conditions resulting from extended alcoholism is alcoholic neuropathy.  One of the reasons for its relative obscurity in the public discourse, aside from difficulties inherent in any discussion of substance abuse, is that much of the empirical evidence linking neuropathy and alcoholism is somewhat vague.  Still, there is ample correlation…

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Designing Treatments for Lupus Patients

  As physicians, we’re accustomed to a certain amount of variety in treating different patients with the same illness. After all, we’re treating individuals. But when you take on lupus patients, you’re taking the concept of variety in symptoms and outcomes to a whole new level. Granted, there are specific symptoms to the various types…

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Treating Patients with Hypoglycemia and Autonomic Neuropathy

If you’re treating patients with diabetes, chances are very good that you’ve also got patients with hypoglycemia. Many patients with diabetes are so accustomed to their symptoms that they don’t pay attention to the subtle changes that can present with hypoglycemia.  Often, they won’t have the very dramatic symptoms like loss of consciousness or diabetic…

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Helping Patients with Acute Kidney Failure

Most people think that acute kidney failure would present with symptoms too obvious to ignore. They expect to be bedridden…deathly ill…in and out of the hospital… What they don’t realize is that acute kidney failure often doesn’t cause noticeable symptoms.  Many times it’s detected when the patient is already in the hospital for something else…

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Caring for Patients With Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Peripheral Neuropathy

The peripheral neuropathy patient population is growing. That’s understandable when you look at the increase in •      Diabetes •      Cancer •      Autoimmune diseases like lupus, Guillain-Barre’ Syndrome But there is another fast growing peripheral neuropathy patient population that often goes unnoticed. Patients with sexually transmitted diseases or STD’s[1] such as: •     HIV/AIDS •     Genital Herpes…

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Good Foot Care – Keeping Your Diabetic Neuropathy Patients Healthy

  Diabetes is one of the fastest growing illnesses in America. That means that if you don’t currently have patients with diabetes (unlikely, but possible), you will soon. And that means you’re going to be treating patients with diabetic neuropathy, particularly in their feet.  According to the American Diabetes Association, one in five diabetes patients…

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Treating Hand/Foot Peripheral Neuropathy as a Secondary Symptom

  Let’s say you have a patient with •         Diabetes •         Cancer (and you’re undergoing chemotherapy) •         Shingles •         HIV/AIDS And they’re presenting with •     Swelling in the feet, legs or hands •     Muscle cramps in the legs •     Changes in the skin and nails •     Numbness in the feet and hands •     Inability of…

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Hope for Your Patients With Infectious Diseases

  What can you do for your patients with infectious diseases? They’re miserable and their misery is understandable. Look at what they’re dealing with[1]: •     Extreme fatigue •     Headaches •     Painful, swollen joints •     Anemia •     Fever and chills •     Swelling in your feet, legs or hands •     Pleurisy •     Rashes •     Hair loss If…

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