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.

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…

How Neuropathy Patients Can Cope with a Diagnosis

The presence of peripheral neuropathy symptoms such as numbness, tingling, and burning sensations in the hands and feet might lead to a familial amyloid polyneuropathy (FAP) diagnosis. With the onset of such symptoms, patients may become concerned with…

How Daylight Saving Time May Affect Neuropathy Patients

Daylight saving time marks the seasonal transition between the colder months and the warmer months. The “fall back” transition to colder temperatures gifts the population with an extra hour of sleep. Conversely, the “spring forward” transition moves clocks forward, removing that extra hour. For familial amyloid polyneuropathy patients and those…

How to Prevent Caregiver Burnout

Burnout among caregivers of patients suffering from peripheral neuropathy symptoms can become problematic for patients, family members, and caregivers themselves. Familial amyloid polyneuropathy is one of many neurodegenerative diseases that requires a focused level of care for patients, so monitoring caregiver mental health is crucial to…

Ways to Approach Driving with Peripheral Neuropathy

The numbness and tingling sensations associated with peripheral neuropathy may significantly impact a patient’s everyday life. Tasks such as cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping, and driving may require extra care and attention to detail. Mobility may become increasingly difficult for people living with peripheral neuropathy and carpal tunnel symptoms associated with …