Foot or Hand Pain? Numbness? Weakening Muscles?
These two books, the
only ones ever written on peripheral neuropathy by a patient
for other patients and their families, have proven as useful for medical
professionals as for neuropathy sufferers.
Numb Toes and Aching Soles,
first published in July 1999, is the much-acclaimed basic primer on the subject
of peripheral neuropathy. Sold all over the world, it deals with symptoms,
causes, tests, and treatments-conventional as well as alternative. Day-to-day
coping strategies for handling peripheral neuropathy problems, such as foot pain
and numbness or muscular weakness, are covered in depth. Its
nearly 300 pages also include comments from 12
leading neurologists and over 200 patient stories on pain and other neuropathy
Numb Toes and
Aching Soles covers:
- causes (there are said to be more than 100
- how to recognize PN, and the basic
diagnostic tests being used for this purpose
- medications prescribed by doctors
- other medical approaches such as
hematological and nerve-based therapies
- alternative and complementary treatments
such as nutrient supplementation, acupuncture, magnets, hyperbaric oxygen,
massaging, and psychotherapies
- experimental drugs
- special considerations for diabetics and
- coping strategies
Numb Toes and Other Woes, a new
book on peripheral neuropathy, was written by the same author, John Senneff.
First published in July 2001, it
is the "latest word" (actually the 60,000
latest words) on helping to overcome this bizarre affliction. Many new clinical
findings on current neuropathy therapies are detailed. Also beneficial medical
treatments for peripheral neuropathy now emerging from laboratories are fully
covered. Specific ways that nutrient supplementation can help with diabetic and
other neuropathies is particularly emphasized in this important book.
The new book,
Numb Toes and Other Woes
- examines the nature of neuropathic pain in
- updates studies on the efficacy of various
drugs (including several new pharmaceuticals), as well as of other medical and
alternative procedures currently being used to treat neuropathic pain
- highlights specific nutrient
supplementation strategies and reports on the most beneficial forms of certain
supplements, based on new information
- reports on novel treatment approaches such
as nerve regeneration, cellular therapies (including gene therapy, stem cell
technology, "biologic minipumps," and nerve cell disablement), and promising,
newly developed drugs awaiting government approvals
- describes unusual neuropathies, best ways
of working with doctors, and new sources of patient assistance.
DR. GREEN'S COMMENTS: "These
two books are a must for people living with Diabetes
Mellitus. If you have the symptoms of
peripheral neuropathy, learn the latest methods in treating the
condition. If you don't, but have Diabetes Mellitus, educate yourself to
the early signs of neuropathy and ways to help prevent or delay its onset.
Both books make a great gift to loved ones,
friends and even your doctor! They will be used as a reliable reference
for many years. I highly recommend them!"
What patients have
"After reading Numb Toes and Aching
Soles I knew this would be the tool I needed to educate my family and friends
about peripheral neuropathy. Now I can't wait to share Numb Toes and Other Woes
with people who need the knowledge to understand and deal with this mysterious
disease." Bob Brown, Raleigh, NC
"Thank you for taking the time to
extensively research and write such an informative book. I plan on keeping mine
as a reference source and buying several for friends and for my dad." Carol
Rohlinger, Tuscon, AZ
"Numb Toes and Aching Soles is a book
that will quickly become dog-eared and colorful from your highlighters.
Regardless of your illness or pain, if your feet hurt, this book has invaluable
information and practical treatment tips." Lisa Copen, San Diego, CA
"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 Waggoner, San Antonio, TX
What doctors have said:
"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.
"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
What others have said:
"An excellent overview of the process
of PN and its treatment." American Journal of Pain Management
"Thorough, accurate. . . .
informative and entertaining." Anesthesiology
"Although the author is not diabetic,
his in-depth discussion of diabetic neuropathy is the best I have seen."
Diabetes Wellness Letter
"It should be mandatory reading not
only for every patient suffering from this frequent disorder, but also for
therapists and caregivers who will find valuable information and advice."
European Journal of Neurology
"As a compilation of therapeutic
methods in the management of peripheral neuropathy, this book is probably second
to none." The Foot
"If you suffer from PN or know
someone who does or if you are a professional caring for PN patients, order
John's book now. It will save you untold hours of time, trouble and pain in your
battle against peripheral neuropathy." International Health News
"Demystifies peripheral neuropathy
for the layman sufferer, and offers both patients and physicians an expansive
list of possible treatment options." Journal of the Peripheral Nervous System
"An excellent resource for patients
with peripheral neuropathy, their caregivers, and physicians interested in a
patient's perspective on peripheral neuropathy." Muscle & Nerve
"A wonderful resource for anyone
suffering from peripheral neuropathy or any professional wishing to become
better acquainted with the patient's point-of-view." Senior World Online
What It Is:
neuropathy (PN), an affliction suffered by millions, is a disorder of the
peripheral nervous system resulting from damage to the nerves' protective
coating or from damage to the nerves themselves.
nervous system is made up of nerve fibers bundled together in nerve trunks.
They run from the brain and spinal cord (which make up the central nervous
system) to other parts of the body. The fibers are shielded by a coating
or membrane called the myelin sheath. Like wires protected by insulation,
the coated fibers carry "electrical" impulses from receptors located in internal
organs, muscles and skin back to our brain through our spinal cord. When
an injury to the peripheral nerves or their protective coating occurs which
interferes with the transmission of impulses from these receptors, one of two
things (or sometimes both) occurs depending on the receptors and nerve fibers
involved. Either the brain acknowledges and registers the abnormal
transmission as pain or some other unpleasant sensation, or it prompts a
response back to the muscle or organ from which the original impulse emanated.
In the latter case, the response may result in decreased muscle movement or
changes in organ functioning.
Sensory PN - the
type experienced by most people - seems to occur initially at the extremities of
the longest nerves furthest from the spinal cord and brain. Consequently
the feet, being at the end of the line, are usually the first to be hit with
pain and numbness. Frequently the hands are next. Over time the
affliction can spread to ankles, legs and arms if the underlying cause is not
Speaking about causes, there are said to
be more than 100 different ones. Diabetes is considered the most
common, at least in developed countries. It is variously estimated that 30
to 65% of people with diabetes an PN to some degree or other.
Various toxins and metallic poisons (such
as arsenic, lead and mercury), certain chemicals (especially solvents and some
insecticides), excessive alcohol intake, vitamin deficiencies (particularly B12)
or vitamin excesses (B6), other nutritional imbalances, and a number of drugs
can all cause peripheral neuropathy. It can also result from kidney
failure, liver disease, rheumatoid arthritis, abnormal blood proteins, cancer
(and even cancer chemotherapy), leukemia and shingles.
Certain repetitive activities such as
typing can also be the cause of some neuropathies. Carpal tunnel syndrome
is one example. This is a so-called entrapment neuropathy - a condition
resulting from a nerve lesion at a point where the nerve is confined to a narrow
A tendency toward PN can also be inherited.
A family history of the disorder increases the likelihood.
If a physician suspects neuropathy,
thorough evaluation and testing may five clues to the probable cause and may
suggest a course of treatment. For example, it
is important to know whether the injury is to the nerve fibers themselves or to
the myelin sheath covering them. Also, the severity of the injury can be
established through tests.
A search for reversible causes is always
important. For instance, it might be determined that a certain toxin in
the blood, or a deficiency of vitamin B12, is the culprit.
Even when the cause of the primary
neuropathy has been established, medical practitioners will sometimes wish to
determine whether another disorder may be involved an co-exist with the primary
neuropathy. This is particularly true where there is a frequent
relationship between the two.
Importance of Early Action:
attention, the pain and other symptoms almost invariably gets worse.
Moreover, neuropathies often tend to advance in the body, causing more and more
areas to be affected. Also, if attention is delayed certain neuropathies
can become more difficult to treat. Consequently it is vitally important
that you see a medical professional at once if you experience pain or numbing
sensations, particularly in the feet or hands, or if you have noticed gradual
muscular weakness. Also, you need to educate yourself.
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