Numb Toes and Aching Soles: Coping with Peripheral Neuropathy Paperback – Jan 1999
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"A superbly researched and readable book that deals with peripheral neuropathy from the patient's perspective. The author has taken great pains to assemble accurate and up-to-date information that will be of substantial benefit in helping patients. . . .The book can also be recommended to physicians who want insight into how patients are affected." -- Dr. David A. Greenberg, Professor and Vice-Chairman of Neurology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
"An outstanding and comprehensive treatment of PN." -- L. W. "Bill" Cracken, Col. USAF (ret)
"Congratulations on completing your informative and exhaustive work. It will be a valuable resource to patients and physicians alike." -- Dr. Laurence J. Kinsella, Chief, Division of Neurology, Mt. Sinai Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio
"John has performed a marvelous service for the sufferer [of PN] in his exhaustive research and attention to detail. . . . The book is easy to read and yet a great resource for the lay person, and I believe it will be a valuable source of information for the medical practitioner." -- Jim Miller, retired aeronautical engineer
"The book reflects an enormous amount of research and work, and will save present and future neuropathy victims a great deal of anguish and frustration caused by the previous lack of readily available information on causes, symptoms, treatments and medical progress. . . .It should be mandatory reading for every medical student, doctor, nurse and therapist. It is definitely a 'must have' for every victim of neuropathy and should be read, re-read and used as a reference guide and self-defense mechanism. . . . [The book] is obviously a 'labor of love, ' compassionately written by a victim of the disease itself." -- Rosemary Waggener, rancher
"There is a tremendous need for this- a book written for people with peripheral neuropathy by someone who has the disorder himself. Numb Toes and Aching Soles has much to offer these 'PNers.'" -- Dr. Richard A. Lewis, Professor of Neurology and Associate Chair, Wayne State
"You have put together something of great service to PNers everywhere." -- Gil Wolfe, Professor of Neurology, University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Texas
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This is, in a nutshell, the best current work on the subject of neuropathy for lay people. It explains the problem, goes through the rational for treatment, and discusses the treatments one by one. In addition to the use of PO medication, it covers vitamin therapy, physical therapies, psychotherapy and for patients who fail standard treatments, it covers alternative therapies such as plasmapheresis and hyperbaric oxygen. Mr. Seneff also covers experimental treatments still in clinical studies. His treatment of the subject is comprehensive and empathetic. He even devotes a chapter to coping skills, which will benefit all patients. His fairness and good judgment is evidenced by the variety of quotes that he includes, to demonstrate the range of experiences that different patients have to the same treatment. he value of this book, for both the practicing podiatrist and his patient, lies in how comprehensive it is in it's discussion of treatment options. I, for one, have never felt that I had considered ALL treatment option, until I read this book. The sections on physical modalities are also very valuable. Many of these patients are on multiple medications already and are reluctant to take additional medicines. Mr. Senneff found that many patients have gotten considerable relief from non-medical treatments.
On the negative side (perhaps a revised edition is in the works?): 1) thyroid deficiency should really be added to the list of the notable (and treatable) causes (see, for example, American Family Physician, 1998, 57(4):755-766); 2) The section on alpha-lipoic acid has this vitamin-like molecule (C8H14O2S2, found in greatest abundance in meat) totally confounded with the essential fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid (C18H30O2, for which flax oil is a popular supplement). Another small section that would improve the book is a discussion of the probable causes of B-vitamin deficiency, for example antiulcer medications (Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 2001, 54(5):531-534).
Much like "Coping with a Myositis Disease" book, the real life accounts of having a disease is invaluable. Invaluable not only to the patient, but relatives and even the medical professionals who can't exactly explain or understand the inner workings of the patient's anxiety, concern about their ever-changing lifestyles, and the uncertainty of the future.
This book is highly recommended if the reader wants to read about the disease actually written by a professional medical patient/physician.
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This book is written by a fellow sufferer of peripheral neuropathy. He has certainly Numb Toes and Aching Soles: Coping with Peripheral Neuropathy done his 'Research' on the... Read morePublished on June 26 2012 by Bruce, from Canada
Numb Toes. That's what I wanted to learn about. I Read the book, tons of information on Peripheral Neuropathy but very little about toe numbness. Read morePublished on Aug. 27 2003 by Robert G. Garrison
One reviwer had written: "It is very much like what you might find if you searched every issue of Prevention magazine looking for cures for a desease -- one would find... Read morePublished on Dec 18 2002
This is am absolute must for anyone diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy. The resources are very helpful and time saving when trying to cope with this disorder. Read morePublished on April 17 2002
After years of suffering this book pointed me in the right diretion. It helped me by understanding the underlying causes, convinced my spouse that it was nor all in my head and... Read morePublished on Feb. 24 2000 by Sig Gebhardt
A great resource, especially if you are new to this disease. Even if you are not new to it, there are no doubt sections you will be glad you read. Read morePublished on Jan. 11 2000
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