According to the Neuropathy Association the extent and importance of peripheral neuropathy has not yet been adequately recognized. The disease is apt to be misdiagnosed, or thought to be merely a side effect of another disease.  However, people from all walks of life live with this neurological illness that has been described by those who have it as a tingling or burning sensation in their limbs, pins and needles and numbness.
You Can Cope with Peripheral Neuropathy: 365 Tips for Living a Full Life was written by both a patient-expert and doctor and is a welcome addition to the information on this subject. It covers such diverse topics as:
- What to ask at doctor appointments
- Making the house easier to navigate with neuropathy
- Where to find a support group
- Using vitamins and herbs for treatment
- Tips for traveling
- And much, much more!
You Can Cope With Peripheral Neuropathy is a compendium of tips, techniques, and life-task shortcuts that will help everyone who lives with this painful condition. It will also serve as a useful resource for their families, caregivers, and health care providers.
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About the Author
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.
Table of ContentsPeripheral Neuropathy: Getting the Scoop
Caring for Your Hands and Feet
Exercise: Working It Out
Home and Hearth: Living More Easily and Enjoyably
Wellness: Spotlighting the Positive
Hobbies: Escaping Symptoms through Distraction
Travel: Pack and Go Forth!
Caretakers: Helping You to Help Others
Neuropathy Association Self-help Groups
Managing Your Physician
Frequently Asked Questions
The Hope of Research
Peripheral Neuropathy Stories by Those Who Know it Best
The Neuropathy Association's Designated Neuropathy Centers
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I requested this book through the Early Reviewers Group because I am a caregiver and my sister has peripheral neuropathy. This is an excellent book for the newly diagnosed person of peripheral neuropathy. How to cope with it; what are the symptoms; stories from real people and etc. It¿s very interesting and easy to read. I was surprised and pleased to see an entire chapter for caregivers.Chapter topics include: * Peripheral Neuropathy: Getting the Scoop* Caring of Your Hands and Feet* Exercise: Working It Out* Home and Hearth: Living More Easily and Enjoyably* Wellness: Spotlighting the Positive* Hobbies: Escaping Symptoms through Distraction*Travel: Pack and Go Forth!* Caretakers: Helping You to Help Others* The Neuropathy Association¿s Self-help Groups* Managing Your Physician* Frequently Asked Questions* The Hope of Research* Peripheral Neuropathy Stories by Those Who Know It BestFrom a side point, the chapters seem to be disjointed and somewhat overlapping. It felt like they had a certain number of word requirement and it had to be filled. A better editor and design editor could make it more concise; eye grabbing and organized. All in all, an excellent book for someone just diagnosed and needing basic information.
My initial interest in this book was due to the fact that I have been dealing with peripheral neuropathy for the last few years. I have been through a pain management course and was hoping that the book would offer some tips on how to decrease the pain even more. I was pleased to find so many suggestions in the book that fall under the cognitive and behavioral therapy categories rather than leaning heavily on drugs. There are some suggestions for drugs as well, but most of the suggestions in the book are centered more around improving life without them. There are several things here that I did not learn in my pain management course, and many more that I already knew but had forgotten. The book itself seems to be aimed towards people who have not yet been given much information about their condition, as well as towards the people who live with them and know nothing about how to make them more comfortable. In fact, there is an entire chapter specifically for caregivers. Since pacing your lifestyle is the most important aspect of pain management, I was very happy to find a whole chapter on what to do when you go on vacation and find pacing more difficult. There is also a quick-help section with FAQs for those who need help but don't have time to read the whole book at the moment. All in all, I would definitely recommend this book for anyone who would like to improve their lives without drugs...even if they do not have peripheral neuropathy.
My husband suffers from neuropathy so I requested this book as an aid for him. He quickly took the book looking for helpful hints to make his life easier. He was not really impressed by the book. The advice seemed very elementary. It did not provide much technical information and, as others have mentioned, there is really no cure for this so you have to learn to live with the symptoms. After having the book for a month or so he still does not recommend it. It might be good for someone who has no information about the condition and has just been diagnosed but has limited technical knowledge.
I have lived with Peripheral Neuropathy for nine years. This book doesn¿t give any cures, but it does give sound advice for coping with pain and problems that come with this affliction. Because this book is divided into chapters that separate the different coping strategies, it is possible to skip around reading only the chapters of interest. There are chapters on exercise, getting medical help, having a positive attitude, making your home more compatible to your needs, support groups, caretakers, and other topics. The book doesn¿t have any magic cures and most of the advice given is common sense. I had already tried many of the tips found in the book before I read it, which makes it good to know that I have already been coping well. The short two page chapter on research will disappoint anyone hoping for that medical science will find a cure for Peripheral Neuropathy anytime soon, since there is currently little research being done. Overall, this is a good basic book on coping with Peripheral Neuropathy, but it doesn¿t contain any magic advice.
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.
My interest in the book originally was because I have a relative with diabetes. However, I found the book interesting, informative and very easy to read. The book is well-organized, and seems to be fairly objective in the presentation of information. But it also reads like a conversation from an interesting friend. I will be passing the book on to my relative, as it is too good to be kept on a bookshelf. Reading this book has given me a clearer understanding of Peripheral Neuropathy and a better sensitivity toward those living with it.