Peripheral Neuropathy Support Group of Metro DC
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Social Exercise

Posted by Mike the Admin on November 18, 2018 at 8:15 PM Comments comments (10)

Research suggests that exercise slows the progression of PN. But only if it is REGULAR exercise. We are far more likely to work out regularly if we enjoy it. Exercise can be hard to do. Where might joy be found? A story about a mis-interpreted cancer study suggests one location.

My wife and I like the video lectures sold by “The Great Courses”. In the series titled “Stress and your Body”, by Stanford Neuroscie...

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Integrating Home Exercise into PN Treatment

Posted by Mike the Admin on October 29, 2018 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Customizing effective exercise for your HOME environment is not well integrated into normal PN treatment. Because PN saps strength, Physical Therapy (PT) prescriptions for strengthening and balance exercise are common, even if the central role of exercise in PN is rarely stressed. But I think home PT visits to setup an exercise program should be part of normal treatment. Can it be?

I'm a big advocate of exercise. Why? Because I've se...

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Chronic Pain: The Mind on Fire

Posted by Mike the Admin on November 28, 2017 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Dr. Gary Kaplan of the Kaplan Clinic in McLean VA, gave a powerful appeal for a wider approach to care, especially for patients for whom pain is a significant issue. He used diagrams from a book he was working on, since released with the title "Total Recovery" (avalable in several forms, including a Kindle version from Amazon). His clinic's website has a 7-part video that covers the  topic (

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My Shifting Perspective on Pain

Posted by Mike the Admin on October 30, 2017 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (1)

For the past six months my wife has been fighting a back injury. There have been ups and downs, progress and relapse. Currently she is in the recovery-from-relapse phase. Discouraged. Hopeful. Determined.


But mostly pain. Constant pain. Her struggle with this pain has driven me to reconsider my attitude towards pain and pain relief.


Nature equipped us with a pain system. "It only hurts ...

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What does our Survey seem to say?

Posted by Mike the Admin on March 4, 2017 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Mike Foxworth's preliminary take on our current survey results:

A sample of 16 is small, but interesting trends seem apparent.

PAIN makes life hell. There is plenty of pain apparent at our our PN Support group meetings AND in these responses. But these results suggest that PN related MUSCLE WEAKNESS, with its associated movement limitations a...

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Initial Sample Post

Posted by Mike the Admin on December 4, 2015 at 11:20 PM Comments comments (0)

This is the first version of the DC Peripheral Neuropathy site.   I am not sure if this version will be useful, since I am in the beginning stage of checking it out. 

At the current time it has

A home page with

--- Some text, listing some conceptual-level goals for the site

--- A link so that a member can register or log in .  I have not yet figured out how the register process works (presuma...

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