Chris Martin put a lot of time and energy into writing this book, to raise awareness on this highly debilitating condition that is widely unknown to many, and in some cases even ignored. As someone who is currently suffering ENS symptoms, his personal story really hits close to home and provides me with inspiration, hope and treatment suggestions from a 10-year ENS veteran.
Turbinates are a common source of nasal obstruction and therefore reducing them is a common surgical procedure to reduce congestion. They are also highly complex and their importance is largely misunderstood, even in the medical community. Reducing them too much, or by using a method that damages too much healthy tissue, results in irreversible consequences. This book explains the turbinates, their role in nasal function and also all the different methods used to reduce them. By reading this book, you will be well prepared to understand their importance and the safest surgical options in reducing them. Or you can find out just how important these vital nose organs are, the hard way. You can have your nasal surgery, unaware of any negative consequences as I did, and once you have ENS you will truly understand how important your nose and the turbinates are for your overall well-being. I think you know what to do... just read the book!
For those of you that already have ENS, or suspect you might because you still experience difficult breathing among other things after your nasal surgery, this book provides information on the most important ways to treat ENS. If you have recently had surgery, or if you are considering it, buy this book so that you can be well prepared to practice all the treatments mentioned within. Some ENS symptoms have a chance of resolving within a year after surgery, but those chances rely heavily on the actions you take to promote optimal healing. Even if you don't experience any ENS symptoms, most of the suggestions in the book would be helpful to a healing nose after the trauma of surgery.
The amount of references cited in each individual chapter is very impressive and will earn your respect and trust. ENS is real, and it is honestly the worst medical problem I have ever experienced, and unless it resolves within a year, it doesn't go away. This book should be read by anyone considering nasal surgery, those who have already had surgery, and anyone who practices nasal surgery. ENS is a truly distressing and uncomfortable condition, both physically and mentally that is with you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It's impossible to fully understand it until you've had your turbinates amputated and you see the difference, much like having your hand amputated after enjoying full use for your entire life. There is no going back, and at this time there are no doctors in Canada with any significant ENS experience or practice with ENS specific implant surgery which improves symptoms. There are a small few in the United States that acknowledge ENS and even less that have experience in treating it, but Canadian health insurance is very unlikely to cover this treatment outside of the country. I would assume that for most people, traveling to the United States and paying thousands of dollars from your pockets to gain some relief (but in most cases not 100%) to be difficult to manage. Being a young student myself, with little income it certainly doesn't seem very feasible that I will be able to afford proper care anytime soon. My only choice right now is to live with a condition that for many, constantly begs for relief every minute of every day. We all know the saying, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure". In consideration of ENS and its symptoms, it might be more appropriate to say that an ounce of prevention is worth a ton of cure. Well this book certainly weighs more than an ounce and it could be the difference between preventing or living with an action that you may regret for the rest of your life.
If you have any choice in the matter, you do not want ENS. There has even been documented cases of suicide because of ENS. Do yourself, all ENS sufferers out there, and Chris a great favor right now: stop reading this review, and start reading this book! It could save your life.
- Paperback: 236 pages
- Publisher: Cold Tree Pr; 1 edition (Aug. 30 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1583851976
- ISBN-13: 978-1583851975
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.4 x 21.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 318 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,093,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)