Dr. Corey Hunter Hosts "Neuropathic Pain IS Different--Getting Family and Friends To Understand!” Facebook Chat

June 19, 2013

On June 12th, Dr. Corey Hunter--a member of The Neuropathy Association's Neuropathic Pain Management Medical Advisory Council--hosted a "chat" event on the Neuropathy Association's Facebook page focusing on helping our loved ones understand that neuropathic pain is different.

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According to a recent Neuropathy
Association poll, more than 60% of
patients shared that their families
were aware of their neuropathy
diagnosis, but didn’t understand 
neuropathy’s impact.

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- Understanding Neuropathic Pain;

- Types of Neuropathic Pain;

- Thinking Differently About Treating
Neuropathic Pain;

- Questions Are The Answers: What
You Need to Know to Beat
Neuropathic Pain;

- A Transcript from our “What You
Need to Know to Beat Neuropathic
Pain” Facebook Chat

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As patients we can relate to J. P.'s plea, “We have already lost our former way of life due to pain. Please don't let us continue to lose the closeness of our family and friends, who cannot understand or accept this disease [neuropathy].”

During the Facebook Chat, Dr. Hunter emhasized that neuropathy and neuropathic pain is a 24/7/365 struggle for many, but it is important to remember that this disease doesn’t only affect you; it impacts those around you as well: family members, friends, colleagues…

This Facebook Chat's conversations threads were read by thousands of family members, friends, and caregivers. This is important because most people have no idea what it is like to have neuropathy or neuropathic pain--nor do they understand...participating in the Chat and reading through the conversation threads helped people understand the suffering a little better.

As one participant shared, "My sister is suffering with chemo-induced neuropathy--I feel helpless. But reading your comments has helped me understand her pain. Thank you for heart bleeds for all the compassion I'm feeling right now."

Ongoing education, communication, and support are important tools to work with when neuropathy affects both you and your loved ones. Using these tools improves a family’s ability to work together to manage the day-to-day issues of living with a chronic disease.

This educational Facebook Chat offered participants a chance to hear from and ask questions of their peers—patients and caregivers—who are battling neuropathy. Dr. Hunter fielded questions posed by the Chat participants while also discussing:

- The importance of recognizing the varying symptoms of neuropathy and neuropathic pain;

- How family members and friends can help;

- Why neuropathic pain is different from a headache, or a muscle sprain, or a backache.

In addition, the Chats 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.

Corey W. Hunter, MD is a pain management specialist at Ainsworth Institute of Pain Management.  He completed his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at NYU Langone Medical Center and a fellowship in pain medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College.  Dr. Hunter specializes in caring for people with disorders of the spine and peripheral nervous system, with a special interest in advanced interventional techniques and minimally invasive spinal procedures. 

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


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