Did you know that there are more than 100 causes for peripheral neuropathy? Diabetes accounts for about one-third, but other causes include heredity, alcoholism, radiation, toxic chemical exposure, HIV, too much vitamin B6, gluten intolerance, some medications and unknown origin (idiopathic).
About 2 million Californians have peripheral neuropathy. Common symptoms affecting feet and hands are numbness, extreme sensitivity to touch, tingling, burning, shooting pains and constriction.
To learn more from others with similar symptoms and to receive support, local residents are invited to attend the next meeting of the Davis Neuropathy Group from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Davis Senior Center, 646 A St.
For more information, or to receive the group’s newsletter, call Mary Sprifke at 530-756-5102 or Retta Gilbert at 530-747-0186.