Rumination and Response - a Column by Ezekiel Lim

Ezekiel is caregiver to his mother-in-law, who has familial amyloid polyneuropathy. He holds a bachelor’s degree in strategic and organizational communications from Temple University and currently lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. When not writing, he’s skateboarding or hanging out with his wife, Maryann.

Why is medication adherence important in treating FAP?

Medication adherence is crucial to managing familial amyloid polyneuropathy (FAP). Left untreated, FAP can have life-threatening consequences. As an article published in U.S. Pharmacist notes, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), medication adherence can have a more direct impact on patient outcomes than even the…

How to Increase Serotonin Levels Naturally

Part of the work needed to ensure the overall well-being of neuropathy patients is to help them manage their moods and let them know that they are supported. Increased serotonin may help patients with peripheral neuropathy symptoms associated with familial amyloid polyneuropathy, chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, or diabetic…

How Neuropathy Patients Can Manage the Return of Warm Weather

May 2020 has arrived, introducing warmer temperatures and beautiful days — the spring season, a great time to be outside. When it’s not raining, warmer temperatures and sunlight may increase serotonin and boost mental health. However, many neuropathy patients suffer severe consequences from the rising heat.

How Neuropathy Patients Can Socialize During Self-quarantine

Staying positive and maintaining mental health may be challenging during self-quarantine. For neuropathy patients, whether they have diabetic neuropathy, familial amyloid polyneuropathy, or chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, it may be difficult to venture outdoors for exercise or running errands. While staying indoors and at a distance…

Vitamins that May Help to Treat Neuropathy Symptoms

Patients with peripheral neuropathy symptoms must practice caution when managing underlying symptoms by conferring with their doctors. One nerve damage treatment strategy to discuss with a doctor is vitamin supplementation to support a formal treatment plan. Vitamins known for treating symptoms of peripheral neuropathy may be found…

Paying Attention to Mental Health During Social Isolation

The COVID-19 pandemic has surged to unprecedented levels. Since last week’s column, many schools, workplaces, and public gatherings have been placed on hold. For familial amyloid polyneuropathy patients and anyone who suffers from peripheral neuropathy, this stressful time may present an opportunity to maintain positive mental health…