Getting To The Center Of Peripheral Neuropathy

LA MESA -- The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host “All About Peripheral Neuropathy,” a free program on the causes, symptoms and treatments for this nerve disorder, from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 24. The program is part of the library’s “Wellness Wednesday” series, normally held on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served. Advance RSVP is not necessary. Handouts will be available.

 Speaker at the program will be Kathy Quinn, Herrick Library director. “There are more than 100 types of peripheral neuropathy and they cause various symptoms, such as: numbness; sensitivity to touch; tingling, burning and pricking sensations; and muscle weakness,” said Quinn. “Join us to learn about this common, but painful, nerve disorder.”

 Quinn, with a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Dominican University in the Chicago area, has served as director of the Herrick Library since 2007.

 The Herrick Library program on May 24 is being held in recognition of Peripheral Neuropathy Awareness Week, which was held May 7-13 and organized by the Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy. The Foundation said an estimated 40 million Americans suffer from some form of peripheral neuropathy with the majority of conditions relating to diabetes and chemotherapy.

 The Herrick Library, which opened in 2002, is a consumer health public library specializing in health research information, accessible both on-site and via the Internet. The library is operated by the Grossmont Healthcare District, a public agency that supports health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County. For more information, phone the library at (619) 825‑5010 or visit www.herricklibrary.org.

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