May 13-17 is the ninth annual Neuropathy Awareness Week
, an initiative launched by The Neuropathy Association to raise awareness about neuropathy and its warning signs.
As the leading national nonprofit organization representing peripheral neuropathy patients and those caring for them, The Neuropathy Association’s mission is to increase public awareness of neuropathy and the need for early intervention and more research. National Neuropathy Week draws attention to the significant toll this often painful and potentially debilitating disease is taking on Americans’ health and quality of life.
“Having a candid national discussion highlights the many challenges and unanswered questions neuropathy and neuropathic pain patients are wrestling with regarding diagnosis and too few treatment options,” said Tina Tockarshewsky, president and CEO of The Neuropathy Association.
“Millions of people are desperately seeking answers from health care professionals and each other to help with this life-altering illness. By talking about neuropathy, we want to encourage the general public to learn more about an under-recognized epidemic, educate others, and help us find cures for an illness that currently has none,”said Tockarshewsky.
“While early intervention and treatment can be critical to slowing the disease’s progression, our biggest challenge is many Americans still do not know about neuropathy, are unaware they have it, and do not recognize warning signs, which can include weakness, numbness, tingling, and pain, especially in the hands and feet. If ignored, these symptoms can lead to persistent weakness, loss of sensation or unremitting pain,” noted AANEM member Dr. Thomas H. Brannagan, III, medical advisor for The Neuropathy Association.