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Emergency Department Wait times in Alberta Cities
For those not in Alberta, most major centers now have this information on line. Search: “emergency wait times YourCity” to find your city’s site.
Neuropathy is a general term that refers to damaged nerves. It can lead to numbness, altered sensation, or neuropathic pain, which can range in severity from mildly unpleasant to extremely severe. For most, it is a chronic condition, different from acute pain which is caused from an injury that can be resolved through treatment or medication.
There are a few types of neuropathy. The most common is peripheral neuropathy, which involves any impacted nerves outside of the brain and spinal cord. Autonomic neuropathy effects your body’s automatic systems, like the heart, lungs and digestive tract. Focal neuropathy refers to nerve damage and pain to a specific nerve or group of nerves, and polyneuropathy is when there is general nerve damage to a larger area.
There are dozens, or perhaps even hundreds, of unique conditions that can cause neuropathy. Some of the leading causes include hereditary disorders, type 1 and type 2 diabetes, HIV/AIDS, cancer, hormonal diseases, autoimmune disorders and infections. Neuropathic pain can also be caused by injuries, pressure or repeated physical stress, chemical imbalances, alcohol or drug abuse, chronic inflammation or even certain prescription medications.
According to a study published in 2014 by the International Association for the Study of Pain, between 6.9 per cent and 10 per cent of adults suffer from chronic pain with neuropathic characteristics.
The simple answer is peripheral neuropathy is very complex. There are hundreds of causes so every treatment needs to focus on the cause first. For some there are multiple causes, for others no cause is ever found. The effectiveness of medications is limited and people become “used to” a medication so the dose often needs to keep increasing for the same results. There are some people for whom medication allows them to return to normal with little pain. but that is not common.
According to the Mayo Clinic, “Self-care is based on lifestyle medicine - an evidence-based approach to disease prevention and treatment that focuses on adopting healthy habits. It doesn’t replace traditional medicine, but is a powerful complement to it.” We, at the CNA see self-care as an evidence-based approach to slow neuropathy progression and it impacts that focuses on adopting healthy physical, mental and social habits.
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