The Department of Defense’s (DoD) Peer-Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP) has determined the grant applications that it wishes to award for fiscal year 2021. In this first year that applications were accepted for research in peripheral neuropathy, 41 applications out of over 1000 applications received focused on peripheral neuropathy. DoD is recommending awarding a grant for seven of these applications, for a total amount of $8 million in funding! DoD will announce the details of the winning neuropathy research awards in the coming weeks.
FPN is pleased that through our advocacy efforts and those of our partners in this endeavor have resulted in more funding for research on peripheral neuropathy.
Lindsay Colbert, Executive Director of FPN, was invited to present to the Myeloma Crowd by HEALTHTREE Foundation on January 26. This one-hour presentation provides more information on proper nutrition for peripheral neuropathy patients. Additional information during this webinar is provided on chemotherapy drugs that may cause neuropathy, including available treatment options to those that have CIPN. Nutritional “best practices” and other suggested dietary options to consider in order to control a patient’s symptoms is also shared during this talk.
In this article from Brain&Life, you will read about few different kinds of neuropathies to understand the causes and different treatment options. Specifically, diabetic neuropathy, hereditary neuropathy, small fiber neuropathy, and COVID-19.
More information about additional causes of neuropathies can be found on FPN’s website. Don’t see yours? Let us know so we can ensure our website is complete.
Spinal Cord Stimulation Can Reduce Painful Diabetic Neuropathy
Among patients with painful diabetic neuropathy (PDN), high frequency spinal cord stimulation had a higher long-term pain response compared with pharmacotherapy. These findings were published in Diabetes Care.
For more information on neurostimulation for nerve pain, read here.
Acupuncture for Neuropathy
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese treatment that involves inserting very thin needles into the body at specific points. Many people believe that acupuncture is an effective therapy to reduce pain. For some people with peripheral neuropathy, acupuncture acts as a complementary therapy because it may reduce the need to take pain-relieving drugs. Presently, research results are mixed as to whether or not acupuncture reduces chronic pain.
And a testimonial from a cancer patient who found acupuncture to be a beneficial addition to her treatment plan:
“Living well with cancer, either as a patient or a survivor, demands being open to changes in how you might receive care. Acupuncture is a leap of faith for me, but I take it as seriously as I do my regular treatments with anti-cancer drugs.”