Some medical research groups estimate that approximately 20 million Americans suffer from some form of peripheral neuropathy (PN) and the statistics are much higher when worldwide cases are considered. Major reasons for the increase in incidence for these PN conditions, which consist of damage to the nerves in the body, resulting in pain and dysfunction in any bodily area but mostly in the extremities (hands, feet, arms and legs) are common. An expediential rise in cases of diabetes and pre-diabetic syndromes are both medical conditions having a high probability for causing varied degrees of PN. There are many other causes of PN as well, including becoming elderly, viral illnesses, deficiencies of major nutritions and various autoimmunity diseases - meaning the body attacks part of itself at the cellular level. There can also be dysfunction of the arterial system (blood circulation) and drug-use of both prescribed types and illegal drugs. Some PN cases are idiopathic, meaning a cause cannot be determined.

In most cases doctors can determine the types of nerves that are affected (small fiber or large fiber and location) and determine treatments that are administered to address underlying causes of PN and to treat any unrelenting symptoms. There are symptoms specialists in neurology and some doctors that are general practitioners can recognize and they have knowledge regarding proper areas of care needed for patients. There are specific causes regarding, diagnosis and treatment for cases such as autoimmune diseases including “Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism”, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Adrenal Fatigue, Fibromyalgia and other metabolic and muscle related conditions. I am a patient who personally developed PN, co-morbid to my own thyroid disease and diabetes all of which caused various types of symptoms I experienced, such as those previously mentioned.

My struggles with symptoms, included emotional aspects and difficulty in finding a doctor experienced in treating my somewhat difficult case of thyroid disease. Mine came with related muscle and tissue pain symptoms, such as strong tingling and stabbing pain, mostly in my hands and feet. Therefore, I became a “Thyroid Patient Advocate” and authored books regarding the increasing importance for public education on hypothyroid and hyperthyroid diseases, as well as general knowledge on diabetes as a non-professional but experience-sharing advocate (a patient relating to other patients). My purpose in writing these is so that hopefully my story will give purpose to other patients in becoming proactive in obtaining quality care for their own health conditions and to partner with their doctors as best possible, to achieve this. I also hope to give inspiration to patients with difficult cases of thyroid disorders, to achieve coping skills and a better quality-of-life with God’s help and guidance.

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Author's Bio: 

Many of my published written works have been about health disorders/diseases. I literally researched 1,000s of hours in order to compile the best possible information for them in my own words, that could fit into 6,000 to 12,000 word-length books. I do have some that are much longer. Most people who are ill with these diseases are not looking for lengthy dissertations, in order to obtain the most important information that most laypersons are seeking (non-medical professionals, who are patients). Very few doctors have time to thoroughly educate their patients. The reputable information that is available online, usually requires searching multiple sites to find all the abridged, full-spectrum, layperson information needed by uninformed patients.