Living with Polyneuropathy CIDP, GBS, & CMT

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Welcome to the new Bens Friends Polyneuropathy Site. Polyneuropathy is damage or disease affecting peripheral nerves) in roughly the same areas on both sides of the body, featuring weakness, numbness, pins and needles, and burning pain. It usually begins in the hands and feet and may progress to the arms and legs; and sometimes to other parts of the body where it may affect the autonomic nervous system.
It may be acute (appearing suddenly, progressing rapidly and resolving slowly) or chronic (emerging and developing gradually). A number of different disorders may cause polyneuropathy, including Guillian-barre Syndrome, Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy, and Charcot-Marie-Tooth which are predominantly motor peripheral neuropathies Although poly-neuropathy is common, it most often is the result of “something else” Guillian-barre Syndrome, Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy, and Charcot-Marie-Tooth are known disease are either hereditary or autoimmune in nature and are “rare” This site is for peer to peer support for patients, family members, and caregivers of those diseases. Although the diseases are different (and we have dedicated sections for each) day to day living with them, symptoms and treatment are very similar and your experiences can help others even if their disease diagnoses is “different”.

Bens Friends

Our mission at Ben’s Friends is to ensure that patients living with rare diseases or chronic illnesses, as well as their caregivers, family, and friends, have a safe and supportive place to connect with others like them.

Backpack Health

Bring all your health information together in one place that’s portable and secure. Share some of it or all of it with those involved in your care – especially if you or a loved one are living with a complex health condition or away from home. It’s your health, always on hand. Backpack Health, in partnership with Ben’s Friends, has established a Polyneuropathy CIDP, GBS, & CMT community where you can centralize all of your health records in one private place that you control. The portable and user-friendly Backpack Health app gives you complete control, privacy and sole ownership of your health data. And it’s free.

Newbies Guide to Polyneuropathy

Included in this category are resources written by members by members and notes from the moderators. We strongly encourage all members to explore these pages. This category will grow over time to include more and more information

Complimentary Therapies

Welcome to Complementary Therapies! This is the place to discuss the array of complementary healing modalities that many of us rely on to help us live healthier lives. Whether you're looking to do more to promote your own health while undergoing medical treatment, or are waiting to get medical treatment and are looking to do what you can to feel better in the meantime, this is the place to post your questions and information. We will discuss everything from acupuncture and chiropractic to nourishing our bodies, minds, and spirits. This is the place to discuss healing modalities that can complement medical treatment

Emotional Support

Having a rough day? We're here to listen. Even though we have the diseases separated to deal with disease specific issues. PLEASE don't hesitate to offer a hand up to anyone needing it

Prayers and Healing Energy Requests

A place to request prayers and healing energy for yourself or others, from our community of caring, supportive friends, for any issue(s) we deal with.

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Want to recommend a doctor, therapist, or clinic? Positive review only, please.


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