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Dr. Bridget Carey Hosts “Dealing With Balance Issues and Neuropathy” Facebook Chat!

March 22, 2013

On March 20th, Dr. Bridget Carey hosted a "chat" event on The Neuropathy Association's Facebook page aimed at helping patients deal with balance issues and neuropathy. Over 3,000 patients and their family members and friends got together virtually for this Chat to discuss the link between balance issues and neuropathy; strategies for dealing with balance issues; and approaches for preventing falls and minimizing fall-related injuries. 

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Numbness, weakness, tingling, and pain are commond symptoms of neuropathy. But many people with neuropathy also experience difficulty “sensing” (or feeling) where their feet are and poor coordination when walking because they are not sure about the placement of their feet. They may also find themselves walking differently without really knowing how or why they are doing so. Chances are they have either widened their style of walking or they may find themselves dragging their feet in an unconscious effort to maintain their balance. Problems with balance can also occur when there is a disruption to any of the vestibular (ears), visual (eyes), or proprioceptive (the body's ability to sense movement within joints and joint position) systems—all of which increase the risk for falls and fall-related injuries.

Our educational Facebook Chat events offer a unique opportunity for you to hear from and ask questions of a health care expert in the field as well as of your peers—patients and caregivers—who are battling neuropathy. In addition, they emphasize 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.

Bridget T. Carey, MD is an assistant professor of Neurology and assistant attending neurologist at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center (one of 15 Neuropathy Association-designated Centers of Excellence across the U.S.) and an assistant attending neurologist at the Hospital for Special Surgery. She also serves on The Neuropathy Association’s Neuropathic Pain Management Medical Advisory Council. Dr. Carey specializes in the care of patients with disorders of the spine, peripheral nerves, and neuromuscular system. She has a special interest in the management of back and neck pain, neuropathy, neuropathic pain, gait impairment, headaches, and facial pain. While Dr. Carey focuses on diseases of the peripheral nervous system, she also evaluates and cares for patients with general neurological symptoms and disorders.

A special thanks to Dr. Carey for sharing her time and expertise to help our neuropathy community!

 

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