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Numb Toes and Aching Soles: Coping with Peripheral Neuropathy Paperback – December 5, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0978182007 ISBN-10: 0978182006 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 289 pages
  • Publisher: MedPress; 1 edition (December 5, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978182006
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978182007
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #928,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This is a well written,easy to understand book.
L. Lewis
I'm reading it again with my marker in hand as I will continue to use this book as an important reference in my search for help.
A Customer
Mr. Senneff found that many patients have gotten considerable relief from non-medical treatments.
Alan Sherman

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90 of 90 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 5, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is easy to read, well written and chockful of helpful information. I purchased it at a diabetes seminar, raced home and quickly read it. I was thrilled to find so much well-researched info on neuropathy in one book especially since my efforts at finding info on this painful, debilitating disease had previously yielded nothing helpful. I'm reading it again with my marker in hand as I will continue to use this book as an important reference in my search for help.
If you suffer from neuropathy, do yourself a favor and get this book.
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122 of 125 people found the following review helpful By Alan Sherman on February 12, 2000
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We podiatrists may see more patients with neuropathy than any other medical specialists and due to the unique long term personal relationships that we often form with these patients, we are so often called upon to come up with ways to help these patients relieve their symptoms. 
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.
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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Sig Gebhardt on February 24, 2000
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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 made my M.D. take notice and sent me to a specialist who confirmed the presence of neuropathy. With the medication I feel now much better.
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50 of 55 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 9, 2001
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A self-help book for people who suffer from peripheral neuropathy is very necessary, and this book is an excellent beginning, but there are some unfortunate holes in its coverage. Since doctors rarely volunteer information, it is important to know what questions to ask, and in this disease there are many questions to ask, since what works for one person might not work for another. There is apparently a great deal of ongoing medical research activity that might produce significant results in the near future; a strength of the book is the pointers that it gives to discussion groups and other sources of the latest information.
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).
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 11, 2000
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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. In particular, I liked the thorough description of the various drug and non-drug treatments available, and the patient testimonials for the more human side of using one treatment versus another. I read the whole book in one or two nights.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Book Freak on October 29, 2004
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I bought this book thinking I might learn something new. It is expensive for a paperback, but its 280-odd pages are in a very large typeface, so its cover leads you to expect more to read than there is. There are numerous anecdotes from people who had struggled with diagnosis of this disease - are doctors really so incompetent? Unfortunately, I did not find many of these to be helpful. The book covers quite a lot of treatment possibilities, many of which are not much use, or not available at present anyway. I did not learn anything new from the book, in spite of my hopes from reading other reviews. I had learned from excellent web sites (neuropathy-trust.org) and other books, and as a patient not afraid to ask questions of my doctors, nor intimidated by them, I found that the book did not give me any new knowledge. It is markedly unhelpful with practical solutions - shoes, socks, etc., that are important for day to day living. A big disappointment after the other rave reviews.
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