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MOST READ NEUROPATHY ARTICLES IN 2013!
By Natacha T. Pires, MBBS, Director, Medical and Public Affairs 
  
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December 6, 2013

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We have also developed a wealth of articles and resources with the help of contributing writers -- expert health care professionals and patient advocates in the field -- aimed at helping you better understand your neuropathy and work more closely with your health care provider to improve your life with neuropathy. And, to help you manage your neuropathy, here are a few of our most read neuropathy articles in 2013:

• Is Neuropathy Affecting Your Sleep?

Neuropathy can impact sleep in a number of ways. With daytime distractions (e.g., work, friends, family, hobbies, etc.) at a minimum during the evening hours leading to bedtime, many patients will find themselves focusing more on the pain; and, so many report that their perception of the pain actually increases when attempting to fall asleep and this delays falling asleep. Read more...

• Questions Are The Answers: What You Need To Know To Beat Neuropathic Pain!

Addressing questions—even when there may be no clear cut answers—is a big part of what I do every day to help people living with neuropathic pain. I realized recently that there is a theme to the questions my patients pose. And I hope that in sharing my responses to them, I can help you better understand neuropathic pain and work with your health care provider to improve your care. Read more...

• More Than Hope—One Patient’s Inspiring Journey About Participating In Clinical Research

Just 10 years ago, I was a “regular mom” -- working, taking care of my family and my home...and trying to squeeze in a few moments each day to stay in shape. Little did I know that an insidious neuropathy diagnosis was going to change my life forever. I’m sure you’ve felt the “tingling” when your hands get really cold, or the "pins and needles” when you have your hands in one position for too long. Read more...

• Could Dizziness, Lightheadedness, and Fainting Be Linked to Neuropathy?

When most people stand up from a sitting or lying down position, they do so and walk around without any issues. This is thanks to several unconscious automatic nerve reflexes directed by the brain to maintain your blood pressure at the right level. If these reflexes fail, your blood pressure will drop and you may experience dizziness, lightheadedness, and fainting, making it difficult to stay in the upright position. Read more...

• Neuropathy’s Link To Celiac Disease, Fabry Disease, Shingles, Sjögren’s Syndrome, and Transthyretin Amyloidosis

Although there are more questions about the various neuropathies than there are answers, we are learning more and more every day. The Neuropathy Association’s ongoing ‘Recognizing the Broad Scope of Neuropathy’ column sheds light on the various forms of neuropathy and particularly its link to conditions like celiac disease, Fabry disease, shingles, Sjögren’s Syndrome, and transthyretin amyloidosis. Read more...

• So You’ve Been Given An “Idiopathic” Neuropathy Diagnosis. What’s Next?

A diagnosis of “idiopathic” neuropathy -- neuropathy from an unknown cause -- is given to approximately 20% of patients with neuropathy, and up to 50% of patients with small fiber neuropathy. Naturally, many of these patients are frustrated and ask, “Is there anything else that can be done to search for the cause of my neuropathy?” The answer depends on the details of each person’s case. Read more...

• My Second Neuropathy Diagnosis Had a Silver Lining

The onset of my neuropathy was like someone had flipped a switch and all the electricity containing those very important messages flowing from my brain to the muscles in my arms and legs stopped. Just like that, the lights were dimming, the motor was shutting down… I could no longer ride my bike, or stay upright on a pair of skis, or even walk up a small incline without assistance. Read more...

• Speaking of Neuropathy: Asking For Help

Many of us don’t like asking others for help; and, even when we need it most, we have trouble asking for help. But, when dealing with a chronic disease -- such as neuropathy -- asking for help does not mean giving in to the disease; it means finding the strength to fight back, to make daily tasks a little easier, and to make time to rest. And rather than relying on others to notice we need help or to offer assistance, we must ask for help. Read more...

• Finding Answers Takes Time, Patience, and Action!

As a writer, I spend much of my day at work and at home typing away on my computer. Working within a deadline-oriented industry as well as on a number of personal creative projects, I find myself typing vigorously for hours at a time and with few breaks in between. So, in 2011, when I developed tingling and numbness in my wrists and hands, I -- like most people with neuropathy -- ignored these slightly bothersome symptoms. Read more...

• Neuropathy, A Sneaky Complication of Type 1 Diabetes

When discussing diabetes, we often focus on the more common type 2 diabetes that affects approximately 25.8 million Americans and is characterized by the body’s inability to use insulin properly. However, there’s also the less prevalent -- yet still common -- type 1 diabetes that affects 3 million Americans of all ages.  Up to 70% of all people with diabetes develop diabetic peripheral neuropathy. Read more...

These are just a few of the insightful neuropathy articles we have published on our website this year. Other topics addressed include: “Ask the Doctor” columns, advocacy campaigns, neuropathy clinical research studies ... and much more. Please visit www.neuropathy.org to learn more!

Please share these articles with your friends and colleagues...and your doctor too. Help us provide others who are battling neuropathy with the resources they need! Be sure to also share this important neuropathy resource with your social network on Facebook and Twitter to help us spread the word!

P.S.: The information provided in these articles is intended for use as general health and wellness information. It is not intended to replace the personal medical advice of your health care provider. Please discuss all treatment, lifestyle, and diet choices with your health care provider.

 

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