Dr. Marc Treihaft Hosts "Small Fiber Painful Neuropathy" Facebook Chat!
December 11, 2012

On December 5th, Marc M. Treihaft, MD, FAAN hosted a "chat" event on The Neuropathy Association's Facebook page focusing on "Small Fiber Painful Neuropathy."

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Small fiber neuropathy (SFN) is a form of neuropathy resulting from damage to the small unmyelinated peripheral nerve fibers that transmit messages to the skin, the cardiovascular system, digestive tract, and bladder, among others. The symptoms of small fiber sensory neuropathy are sensory in nature: pins-and-needles, pricks, tingling, numbness, burning pain, and brief electric shock-like sensations.  Since SFN usually does not involve the large sensory nerve fibers that convey balance information to the brain or the motor nerve fibers that control muscles, these patients do not have balance problems or muscle weakness.  In most patients, these symptoms start in the feet.  Involvement of the nerve fibers supplying the heart, digestive system, or bladder are indicative of autonomic neuropathy.

This Facebook Chat helped hundreds of patients and their family members better understand small fiber neuropathy better, hear from and ask questions of a health care expert in the field as well as peers--patients and caregivers--who are battling this painful condition, and improve overall quality of life and care.  In addition, it offered insight into the neuropathy epidemic and the uphill battle for both patients and the physicians trying to help them.  It also stressed that living well with neuropathy is possible with early diagnosis, symptom management, and regular follow-ups, but it requires active engagement by the patient in his/her own medical care along with the aid of an array of resources--limited as they are--that do currently exist. 

Dr. Marc M. Treihaft is medical director of the Colorado Neurological Institute’s Neuromuscular and Peripheral Nerve Disorders Center.  He is also a professor of Neurology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.  Dr. Treihaft also serves as the medical advisor for The Denver Chapter of The Neuropathy Association.

A special thanks to Dr. Treihaft for giving his time and expertise to speak with our neuropathy community!


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