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Polyneuropathie in de VS

Polyneuropathie in de VS, ook daar een toenemende aandacht voor polyneuropathie, en zelfs ieder jaar een polyneuropathiedag. De getallen zijn ook duizelingwekkend, en we citeren:

Peripheral neuropathy is common. It is estimated that upwards of 20 million Americans suffer from this illness. It can occur at any age, but is more common among older adults.

A 1999 survey found that 8-9% of Medicare recipients have peripheral neuropathy as their primary or secondary diagnosis. The annual cost to Medicare exceeds $3.5 billion.

Dan heeft The Neuropathy Association nog een aantal heel zinvolle tips voor patienten:

  1.  Prepare for visits with your doctor
  2. Learn as much as you can about your medical diagnosis
  3. Keep a copy of your medical records
  4. Understand and commit to your treatment plan
  5. Read the fine print of your health insurance plan and understand your policy
  6. Listen to your body and respect it
  7. Seek a healthy work-life balance
  8. Deal with stress and keep it at a minimum
  9. Accept neuropathy as a part of you
  10. Have a supportive and compassionate "go-to" buddy
Versie oktober 2009; Auteurs: Prof.dr. Jan M. Keppel Hesselink en Drs David J. Kopsky, artsen 

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