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The Neurotransmitters: Navigating Neuropathy with Linda Petiot

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Originally released: September 25, 2023

Have you ever felt a pins and needles sensation that won't go away, or experienced unexplained burning or fatigue? These are just a few symptoms of neuropathy, a complex condition that affects many people worldwide. Today, we're fortunate to have Linda Petiot, president of the Calgary Neuropathy Association and a patient advocate living with Charcot-Marie Tooth Disease (CMT), a form of peripheral neuropathy, to guide us through the intricacies of this condition and share her journey.

There's much to learn about neuropathy, including its common symptoms, current medication treatments, the importance of accurate diagnosis, and the role of a multidisciplinary team in managing the condition. Linda highlights the challenges faced by patients who must travel for treatment and the potential benefits of medications, while also emphasizing the need for more information about their efficacy. She brings to light the limitations of current treatments and how the Calgary Neuropathy Association is empowering individuals through education and support.

In our discussion, we also delve into strategies for managing neuropathy. Not only do we discuss the use of unusual solutions like Vick's Vaporub, fans, and capsaicin creams, but we also touch on the side effects of commonly prescribed medications like gabapentin and pregabalin. Linda shares her insights on supplements such as alpha lipoic acid and the importance of finding a support system. From managing chronic pain to improving quality of life, this episode is filled with invaluable information for anyone interested in neuropathy. So, don't miss out on this enlightening conversation with Linda Petiot.

Tune in, and let's learn together!

Find further resources at:

The Calgary Neuropathy Association:

Western Neuropathy Association:

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