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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Demos Health; 1 edition (March 19, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193260376X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932603767
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Mims Cushing, a professional writer, has PN; she offers her own experience and perspective on self-care...Every aspect of living is covered from coping at home, exercise, travel tips, and wellness, including positive thinking and how caregivers can help...[the book] has a helpful index, a glossary of acronyms, an extensive bibliography, and long list of associations whose work is related to PN. This book is highly recommended for all public and consumer health libraries." --CAPHIS, Medical Library Association

"The book offers the valuable perspectives of the authors, one a patient-expert and the other a physician who specializes in the treatment of PN. Full of patients' personal stories, 'You Can Cope with Peripheral Neuropathy' will help sufferers realize they are not alone and allow their loved ones to better understand the PN experience."--Stanford Health Library

"Packed with practical tips and insights unique to neuropathy, this bookshows patients and their families how to improve the quality of their lives."--The Neuropathy Association

"Cushing has lived with peripheral neuropathy for some 15 years and has published extensively in magazines and newspapers about her experiences. Dr. Latov is director of the Peripheral Neuropathy Clinical and Research Center at Cornell U.'s Weill Medical College. They present a practical guide for readers who have been recently diagnosed, were diagnosed with PN some time ago, or have experienced 'burning, tingling, stabbing pains in the feet' but not yet had a diagnosis. Combining Latov's medical expertise with Cushing's patient-expert knowledge, the text covers the basics of PN and provides tips on hand and foot care, exercise, making a home safe and comfortable, wellness strategies, hobbies and travel, working with caretakers, self-help groups, the patient-physician relationship, and PN research." - Book News

"...written in an entertaining, informal, even humorous style, and is easy to digest for patients and those who live with them."--Darien Times

(Darien Times 2010-05-03)

About the Author

Mims Cushing lives with peripheral neuropathy. She has published extensively in magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times, and contributed a chapter to Dr. Latov previous book Peripheral Neuropathy: When the Numbness, Weakness, and Pain Won't Stop, part of the American Academy of Neurology series.

Norman Latov, MD, PhD - A world-renowned expert on the topic, Dr. Norman Latov is the author of Peripheral Neuropathy: When the Numbness, Weakness, and Pain Won't Stop. Dr Latov is also a Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience, and Director of the Peripheral Neuropathy Clinical and Research Center at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University.

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Customer Reviews

An easy read; Mims Cushing provides good information for peripheral neuropathy.
M S
I have put into practice many of the suggestions in this book and my whole attitude has changed about my disease.
James Goff
Great along with Dr. Latov's other book Peripheral Neuropathy: When the Numbness, Weakness, and Pain Won't Stop.
BAW Ferret

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Readsa Lot on August 14, 2009
Format: Paperback
When I started this book I expected a numbered list of primary suggestions with a few paragraphs attached to each expanding on the advice. While I found suggestions (not numbered) sprinkled throughout, I also found a vast well of information from both persons with peripheral neuropathy (PNers) and medical professionals.

The book is written primarily from a layperson's POV. Mims Cushing is a PNer, a writer, and a support group developer and leader. She includes her own experiences, but much of the advice comes from others within the PN community. The suggestions are offered in the spirit of "this worked for me, and it might for you."

Ms. Cushing authored the first nine chapters, touching on nearly every aspect of self-care, both physical and psychological. She also put together the final chapter, a collection of the experiences of PNers in their own words. Dr. Norman Latov, who is Director of the Peripheral Neuropathy Clinical and Research Center at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University, authored 3 chapters. These focus on dealing with doctors, FAQs and the need for research. The book ends with a list of organizations which may be helpful to PNers, a bibliography and index.

PN is often thought of as a condition of diabetes, but it is not limited to diabetics. Many other diseases can cause PN and sometimes the cause cannot be determined. One just has PN without ever knowing why. This book is practical and easy to read, full of information you can get only from people who live day to day with PN. It's encouraging and uplifting but realistic. If you are a PNer, a caretaker for a PNer, or love a PNer, you probably want this book.

Disclosure: This book was a complimentary copy received from the Early Reviewers Program at [...].
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Mike H. on November 19, 2009
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I was hoping for some real tips on how to treat my painful neuropathy, or tips that would reduce my discomfort, dietary advice, etc. Instead it's full of "embrace life" statements. I'm sure the author meant well but this book has no practical value for anyone who is determined to live a pain-free life.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Sophie Rapaport on October 25, 2009
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I found this book useless. Most of the advice (stay active, think positive thoughts, get a pet, have good friends) can apply to any chronic disease and we have read and heard it all before.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By B. Anderson on July 8, 2009
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Peripheral neuropathy affects millions of people in the US. Mims gives help to those with the neurological disease and those who care about those that do. In addition to her wealth of information and hints for living with the disease, there ares several chapters by Dr. Norman Latov, New York City neurologist specializing in peripheral neuropathy. Peripheral Neuropathy: When the Numbness, Weakness, and Pain Won't Stop (American Academy of Neurology) If You're Having A Crummy Day ... Brush Off the Crumbs!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By BAW Ferret on May 19, 2009
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This book is excellent reading for learning more about how to cope with pn and help the person who does not know what pn is daily. Great along with Dr. Latov's other book Peripheral Neuropathy: When the Numbness, Weakness, and Pain Won't Stop. Both books are excellent.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Digby on May 29, 2009
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I was very disappointed with this book. I was looking for some medical information about the condition and possible treatments. Instead the book is mostly new age feel good info which could be in any book on any health topic. I feel I wasted my money.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jansie on November 9, 2009
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I considered buying this until I reviewed a copy. I have peripheral neuropathy with no pain. Although the author did acknowledge that not all sufferers of this problem have pain, she then proceeded to discuss the problem from the point of view of pain; perhaps I am in a minority and, additionally, not very much can be said to those of us like me anyway. This book does reflect New Age thinking but may be useful to some readers. It doesn't have anything to offer me.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gary Sprandel on August 13, 2010
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This book offers some advice to the "Pner" (someone with Peripheral neuropathy). Perhaps the most important message of the book is that there are coping mechanisms, and that an attitude really does help. Also comforting is to understand the variety of people that have it, the variety of symptoms, and access to support groups and online information.. 1/3 of neuropathy is idiopathic (no clear cause), and only 1/3 is diabetic. I might have preferred some more specific treatments, (lotions, or medicine) rather than the chapter on Travel and Hobbies. I was pleased that alternative therapies, like Reiki, were suggested as they may help in some cases. I also loved the Soren Kierkegaard quote. "Above all, do not lose your desire to walk. Every day I walk myself into a state of well being and walk away from every illness.
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