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1. What Your Doctor May Not Tell
2. Food that Helps Win the Battle
3. Fibromyalgia and Chronic Myofascial
4. What Your Doctor Doesn't Know
5. The Cleveland Clinic Guide to
6. Yoga for Fibromyalgia: Move, Breathe,
7. Fibromyalgia For Dummies
8. The First Year: Fibromyalgia:
9. What Your Doctor May Not Tell
10. Fibromyalgia: The Complete Guide
11. Reversing Fibromyalgia: The Whole-Health
12. The Fibromyalgia Cookbook: More
13. The Complete Idiot's Guide to
14. The Fibromyalgia Cookbook: More
15. The Fibromyalgia Advocate
16. The Fibromyalgia Handbook: A 7-Step
17. The Fibromyalgia Help Book: Practical
18. Integrative Therapies for Fibromyalgia,
19. The Fibromyalgia Nutrition Guide:
20. Fibromyalgia Controversy

1. What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Fibromyalgia: The Revolutionary Treatment That Can Reverse the Disease
by R. Paul St. Amand, Claudia Craig Marek
Paperback: 432 Pages (2006-01-03)
list price: US$15.99 -- used & new: US$4.79
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Asin: 0446694444
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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- "What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Fibromyalgia (Warner, 1999), also by Dr. St. Amand and Claudia Craig Marek, has netted over 120,000 copies and has a monthly reorder rate of 3,000 copies. This book will serve as a companion to the hundreds of thousands of readers currently following the protocol outlined in that book.- Other titles on this subject frequently appear on Ingram's "A-list" for health books, including "Fibromyalgia (Walker & Co., 1996), which has over 350,000 copies in print, and "Fibromyalgia and Chronic Myofascial Pain Syndrome (New Harbinger Publications, 1996), which has over one million copies in print.- Dr. St. Amand discovered guaifenesin's use as a treatment for fibromyalgia, and his work is often cited. he is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine and is on the teaching staff at UCLA Harbor General Hospital. He has been in practice for over 40 years. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (231)

5-0 out of 5 stars Book
It is a great book it has helped me alot. I have been dealing with this for 12 years
and hoping this will work for me. thanks

4-0 out of 5 stars What your Dr doesn't tell you-book
Book shipped reasonable time. Book was good quality and very informative on the subject of Fibromyalgia and what Doctors won't talk about.

5-0 out of 5 stars fantastic
I have recently been diagnosed with fibromylagia and found this book to get some information on the condition. It blew me away. Dr Amand described my condition exactlty. I found the book to be informative, easy to read and understand, and goes where nobody else has. I am about to start the protocol described in the book and it is the first time EVER I have hope for the future. The book contains lots of information on websites, resources etc to be able to do the protocol and I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to know more about the condition and also discover a way to reverse the symptoms.

5-0 out of 5 stars it's hard, but it will work if you follow the protocal thoroughly
This protocal was recommended to me by my pain doctor - who confessed he was limited in his knowlege in treating fibroymyalgia, but gave me a handout of Dr. St. Amand's guaifeneson protocal, and told me to try it. He warned me that salicylates block the medicine (guaifenesin) from working, and salicitates are almost 'in everything'...I read the handout, was intrigued, and followed through and bought Dr. St. Amand's book.

I felt skeptical about Dr. St. Amand's warnings that guaifenesin could be blocked so easily by salicylates, which are found in fruits, vegetables, herbal products, aspirin, etc. etc. I was overwhelmed when I read how much I would have to eliminate from my life if I wanted the guaifenison to work. I was very discouraged when I looked into my pantry and medicine closet and had to throw out seemingly everything.... from favorite shampoos, to tea, to my mint toothpaste and gum. (luckily you can still eat alot of fruits and veggies). But was it really necessary?

Though the protocal makes me feel like a fanatic-- it works. For me, it has been a profound and immediate change, and hard to refute. I had reached the point where my fibromyalgia was disabling - my fatigue was so great I literally couldn't function.Pain symptoms, IBS, hypoglycemia problems, mysterious aches and sinus problems were constant in my life. The most visible relief, after beginning this medicine and being vigilant about it, was a lifting of the fatigue, which happened quickly. Slowly, but surely, pain and other symptoms began to lift, too. 4 months from starting this program, I feel like a normal, healthy person most days. After 15 years of symptoms, that is revolutionary!

Discouraging, but true, when I use products that do contain salicylates, I find my fibromyalgia symptoms come back. For a skeptic like me, I've had to experience this several times before I really knew saicylates interfere, but diligence to the program reaps results. I also recommend finding support groups for this program - talk to other sufferers who have gone through this protocal and can help and advocate for how to do it successfully - it will help keep you sane. Good Luck!

5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!!! This protocol really works, you just have to stick with it.
This protocol really works, you just have to stick with it. There doesn't seem to be any drs in my area that work with this protocol. All just want to prescribe pharmaceuticals and add more chemicals to the body that are expensive and ultimately poisonous. I've had 10 days of no pain after 2 months on the protocol. It is rough the first month, as they tell you it will but in that time, if you record your good/bad days, you'll start to accumulate hours that turn into days that turn into weeks of no or little enough pain or brain fog that you can actually function again. ... Read more

2. Food that Helps Win the Battle Against Fibromyalgia: Ease Everyday Pain and Fight Fatigue
by Deirdre Rawlings
Paperback: 304 Pages (2008-07-01)
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Asin: 1592333206
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Easy recipes with wholesome foods bring fibromyalgia sufferers relief with food - an easy concept to grasp and embrace

Six million in the United States have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia a debilitating, languishing, and painful disease characterized by chronic muscular and joint pain, headaches, and mental and physical fatigue. Food that Help Win the Battle Against Fibromyalgia will provide the tools and guidelines necessary to generate positive health, increase energy, and reduce symptoms. The book offers an overview of the disease and its symptoms and teaches readers how a carefully balanced diet specific in particular nutrients can substantially alleviate the illness. The carefully selected ingredients in the 100 healing recipes both relieve the symptoms of fibromyalgia and infuse patients with the nutrients they need to boost their immune system and help conquer this disease. All cooking methods presented will preserve vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. All the normal meals and snacks are included from breakfast to dinner including appetizers and side dishes so every meal can be a step in the right direction towards recovery or cure.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Food That Helps Win the Battle Against Fibromyalgia
Very Good.Probably the best book I've read on the subject so far.Very helpful with useful recipes. Up-to-date, as far as I can judge.

5-0 out of 5 stars This Cookbook Belongs in EVERY Kitchen!
Foods for Fibromyalgia is a valuable resource for anyone seeking better health. If you're looking for gorgeous photographs, easy-to-read directions, and recipes filled with nutrient-dense ingredients that will help you heal, this book is for you!

4-0 out of 5 stars Very informative, just a few drawbacks
Overall this book was much more informative than I had originally thought. It isn't geared just for fibromyalgia sufferers- the author thoroughly explains what consuming various foods really does to your body. One big problem I have with this book is that the first 126 pages explain what/why you shouldn't eat certain products ie, sugar, alcohol and coffee and on page 264 there is a recipe for chocolate mousse. This recipe contains sugar, chocolate and cognac/grand marnier! WHAT?!? Other than those few flaws, overall a really informative book that makes you think twice about what you're putting in your mouth.

5-0 out of 5 stars What a great Book!
The first thing that I noticed about this book was it's durability.The pages are so strong that the book can easily be used in the kitchen while using the recipes.Then, I noticed the recipes.I have always enjoyed reading a variety of recipes.I found the recipes in this book to be wonderful, delicious and nutricious! I am so excited about the information in this book. It is easy to read, understand and apply.Finally, I do highly recommend this book for anyone who has fibromyalgia or knows someone who does.

2-0 out of 5 stars Warning to people with allergies or on a budget...
Everyone seems to have a different theory about what causes fibromyalgia. This author believes that fibro is an "illness of modern life" despite the fact that there seems to be evidence of cases of fibro throughout history. The author says that fibro is caused by "poor nutrition, poor sleep, hormonal deficiencies and various sources of stress". Many doctors will tell you this, but the problem is, no one, including the author, seem to have real scientific proof that these things cause fibromyalgia and are not just symptoms (poor sleep) or exacerbaters of your symptoms (nutrition) rather than actual causes. Because they can't say what causes it, they can't fix it, merely give you "band-aid" treatments.

Part 1 (pages 16-121) is fairly informative about fibromyalgia, symptoms and common treatments. Of course, the majority of this section is spent on nutrition, food preparation, organic foods, etc. She breaks down foods to show how different things (proteins, enzymes, probiotics, fats, carbs, antioxidents, etc.) affect those with fibro either positively or negatively.

Part 2 includes the recipes (124 - 275) includes the recipes. They are arranged much as any cookbook is, starting with typical breakfast items (smoothies, eggs, fiber) going through appetizers, salsas, soups, salads, entrees, side dishes and desserts. Many of the recipes have nice pictures included. Each recipe includes a brief summary of why the foods in that particular dish are helpful to you (a good inclusion, IMO).

Now on to why I don't particularly recommend this book. First of all, if you are allergic to dairy products (as I am) or lactose intolerant, you will find that many of the recipes in this book include cheese or other dairy. You could probably still cook some of the recipes without the cheese or dairy but many of the recipes do not seem like they would work without the cheese.

Second, prepare to spend a lot of time and money shopping at health food or organic food stores. Many of the recipes call for obscure ingredients that you can't find at normal grocery stores - some you may even have to order online. I would love to eat all organic foods, but the cost is prohibitive. And the ingredients included in these recipes are not ingredients you typically have in your kitchen. I'm talking many different ingredients, not just 10 or so that you can get and use for every recipe. Fresh chopped chives, Hollandaise sauce, scallions, sesame tahini, low-sodium tamari soy sauce, fennel, cumin, cilantro, Himalayan crystal salt, corriander powder, fresh dill, pine nuts, quinoa, coconut oil, water chestnuts, shallots, miso, raw walnut halves, etc. not to mention all the fresh vegetables, fruit and meat you have to buy for each and every recipe.

Third, and perhaps most importantly to those who actually have fibromyalgia, these recipes are NOT quick and easy. Although there are some recipes that have only a few ingredients, most recipes have 10+. Most of the recipes take the better part of an hour to prepare and cook. A few can be fixed quickly, while others need to be prepared days before you want to eat them. If you have a spouse or family member who is willing to spend an hour cooking for you every meal, great. If not and you're like me, however, you don't often feel up to fixing a full meal. Sometimes it's hard to even stick a frozen pizza in the oven.

With a fibromyalgic's typical pain and energy level, both shopping and cooking are hard. Not only do you have to go to more stores in order to get all these ingredients (because you probably won't find a single store with all of them) but you have to make more trips because the fresh ingredients will not last very long. And then once you've got the ingredients, you have to cook them, which is yet another difficult task, especially when most recipes take around an hour preparation and cooking time. Then of course, you have to clean up after cooking as well.

If you have always been the type of person who spends an hour cooking dinner every night, then the recipes in this book will not seem unusual to you. If you are a busy person with little time to cook, or, like me, just don't like to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, then these recipes will not be so easy for you - fibromyalgia or no fibromyalgia.

I am sure this book can be helpful to many people, I just want you to be aware of what you're getting before you purchase it. My parents actually bought this book for me when I was diagnosed, however, neither they nor I were overly impressed by it.

One final note is that the book itself is very nice. The pages are high quality, glossy paper and it includes many nice photographs and graphics.

As an aside, I recommend the book What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Fibromyalgia: The Revolutionary Treatment That Can Reverse the Disease by R. Paul St. Amand. He actually puts forth the best theory I have found to date as to what causes fibromyalgia - and since he knows (or at least has an idea) what causes it, he is able to give a treatment that actually reverses it. Even if you don't follow his treatment, just reading his book will lead you to a much deeper understanding of the disease. ... Read more

3. Fibromyalgia and Chronic Myofascial Pain: A Survival Manual (2nd Edition)
by Devin J. Starlanyl, Mary Ellen Copeland
Paperback: 432 Pages (2001-06-30)
list price: US$24.95 -- used & new: US$11.59
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Asin: 1572242388
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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The original edition of this classic survival manual offered the first comprehensive patient guide for managing these conditions. Its extensive set of healing tools included targeted bodywork for painful trigger points and strategies to helpccope with chronic pain and sleep problems and the numbing effects of fibrofog. More than 75 percent of the second edition is new or updated material, including coverage of promising new research on the causes of fibromyalgia, evaluation of new treatments, complete discussions of special issues for women and men, and the latest information on medication. An update of the first edition's popular provider index helps sufferers select those practitioners who will take their complaints seriously and offer knowledgeable treatment advice. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Great reference book
I bought this upon the recommendation of my physical therapist. I thought I had known alot about fibromyalgia (even though there is little known about it). It really made me understand the 'why' and 'how' things interrelated to my condition. I would also recommend this. The book is written in a way that is easy to understand. I appreciate the way the book is organized into sections as well.

5-0 out of 5 stars Educating your health care providers
This is a little more indepth look at the answers to what was in The Fibromyalgia Advocate. It to is a must read for both people with Fibromyalgia and a manditory read for all health care providers.

5-0 out of 5 stars The ABSOLUTE best information written on FM &CMP!!!
This is very surely a survival manual in every sense of the word!!

I own Version 1 of this book and also own this updated version.When I was newly diagnosed (1994) with both Fibromyalgia and Chronic Myofascial Pain, there were few books on the subjects out.The ones that were out were either poorly written or didn't give me any idea on what I could do to help myself.Devin Starlanyl, through her many years of medical practice and also being a patient suffering with both of these conditions, made use of EVERY page in this book to share ways to cope on a daily basis.She has shared ways to empower others when meeting with doctors, chiropractors, physical therapists and other members of the medical community. She addresses co-conditions which can exacerbate or imitate FM & CMP and answers a lot of questions one might not ask their doctor.All this is done in an easy to read and understand manner.

Through the many years I have owned these two manuals and her Physician's Advocate manual, I have turned to them COUNTLESS times and have dog-eared the pages. I have also lent them out time and time again with the end result of the borrowers purchasing their own! They are the fist books I recommend to anyone who is newly diagnosed.Don't waste time reading and searching for every Fibro book out there, all you need are these!!

You will never be sorry!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Fibromyalgia and Chronic Myofascial Pain
I purchased this book for a friend that was recently diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I have suffered myself and 10 years ago found this book was the most complete, had the best advice of any of the books I read trying to understand and get help with the pain and fatigue.

5-0 out of 5 stars Terrific amount of information on both subjects
Very detailed and easy to read.Loads of information, condensed in one place, so you don't have to do so many different web searches.If you don't understand the subject by time you have finished reading this book, you are having brain fog. Well worth the money. ... Read more

4. What Your Doctor Doesn't Know about Fibromyalgia: What You Need to Know That Could Save Your Life
by Linda Meilink
Paperback: 216 Pages (2009-11-23)
list price: US$17.95 -- used & new: US$9.27
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Asin: 1440187789
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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If you've always trusted that most of your doctors are up-to-date, informed, and rarely mistaken about a diagnosis or treatment, this book may change your mind. Fibromyalgia is listed as one of the Top 10 most painful conditions in medicine, but, many doctors still do not "believe" in it, or, if they do, they have a vague notion of a collection of mild symptoms that they attribute to stress, menstrual problems, weight gain, depression or hysteria. None of these conditions have been scientifically linked to fibromyalgia. FMS (a common term for fi bromyalgia) attacks men and women of all ages, even children, and varies in intensity. Because doctors do not like to treat conditions they don't understand, patients are often ignored, denied pain relief, shuttled off to other "experts", or fi lled with powerful prescription drugs that may add new and confusing symptoms. What Your Doctor Doesn't Know about Fibromyalgia will help you take charge of your condition and teach you how to fi nd physicians you can trust so that you can obtain the relief you need. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Tells it like it is
No platitudes, just the reality of living with a disease that can be disabling, and contrary to popular belief can kill you - if only indirectly.You're still dead.

I wish I had this book when I was diagnosed with FM by a rheumatologist over twenty years ago.It would have made finding out about the autoimmune thyroid disease and the other hormone imbalances that I have a lot easier.And maybe I wouldn't have had to spend fifteen years on antidepressants that were treating the symptoms but masking the true illnesses.

I've read a lot of books about FM.I was shaken by the lady described in Chapter 1; except for the fact that she was dead, she sounded a lot like me.Right now I think this is the single most useful book on FM that a person who has FM can read.You should read it.It might literally save your life.

4-0 out of 5 stars Save your life may be a little strong...
I read this book in one night, partially because I started skipping sections that seemed to be repetitive, mostly regarding antidepressants.I guess the "might save your life" tag must be in reference to withdrawing safely from antidepressants?The MD's do tend to prescribe the latest and greatest "approved" fibromyalgia drugs, I have prescriptions for so many of these that I don't think helped me at all and I have stopped using them, but gradually when needed.I am lucky, maybe because I am an RN, and I know that fast withdrawals can be life-threatening.It is a great book for family member of FMS patients to read.I just think that it was nothing new for me and was a little disappointed, like I actually expected a solution that was going to save my life...Like maybe it would give me a cure right now and I would feel better today...However, I did talk to my husband about calling my MD to set up an appointment about the solution she came to.I have always said that if I could sleep better, I think I could deal better with this pain every day...

5-0 out of 5 stars She KNOWS How It Really Feels to Have This Disease!
Since I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2006, I have read a lot of books and articles, in the medical literature, online, and in print.This is the first book I have given a five star review, in large part because this author understands what so many of us feel and explains it without making the reader feel diminished by their own experiences. Many of us have no improvement with treatment, and she gives a good overview of how to choose the right medical care providers for you.She covers the frustration of this disease perfectly.If you are looking for medical"how to,"diet information, or very basic info, this may not be the book for you. But if you are looking for a well written, easy to read book that discusses the immense frustration that so many fibro sufferers feel and go through during diagnosis and treatment, don't miss reading this book.The author does cover most of the up to date medical information and treatments, but also covers the emotional toll this disease takes on our families and loved ones.A good read!

5-0 out of 5 stars I Was Able To Skip Around in the Book LIke I Enjoying Doing; And People Can Read From Cover to Cover Like They May Wishto Do
I don't like to pick up a book and read from cover to cover. I have not had much time to read lately. The book goes with me and I have been able to pick out parts to read here and there. That's how I enjoy a book.That is how I came to rate this book a high rating. It was easy for me to skip around in just as easy as it will be for a person to sit down and read from cover to cover. Congratulations it kept me interested!!! That takes a lot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Thank you for writing the truth
I have read several books on fibromyalgia over the past 1 1/2 years and found many of them to be either blaming or unrealistic.This book resonated with me because the author told the truth about her experience and didn't try to act like she had the magic wand to cure this devastating illness.She did share what many of us experience, that dealing with fibromyalgia is a lot of trial and error and hope and disappointment. ... Read more

5. The Cleveland Clinic Guide to Fibromyalgia (Cleveland Clinic Guides)
by William Wilke
Paperback: 208 Pages (2009-12-29)
list price: US$15.95 -- used & new: US$9.21
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Asin: 1607144891
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Fibromyalgia is a chronic health condition affecting 6 million to 12 million people in the U.S. Though various controversies exist surrounding fibromyalgia, the illness is very real and stress can actually worsen its symptoms.

In The Cleveland Clinic Guide to Fibromyalgia, Dr. William Wilke, an expert on the forefront of this elusive disease, presents critical information about the latest scientific studies and progress in fighting fibromyalgia and related conditions. He offers a proven, interdisciplinary medical approach by drawing on other specialties, including women’s health and rheumatology. This important resource gives readers the cutting-edge medical guidance Dr. Wilke offers his patients, including:

  • How to feel immediate relief
  • Why fi bromyalgia is so difficult to diagnose
  • Accurate information on symptoms, treatments, and myths surrounding the condition
  • Clear explanations of the newest studies
  • Personal stories of those who have triumphed over fibromyalgia
  • Fast facts and red-flag sidebars
  • Plus, advice on how to make the necessary lifestyle choices to live an active and healthy life
  • The Cleveland Clinic is top-ranked for its care of patients with rheumatic and immunologic conditions.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book on fibromyalgia !
I personally know Dr. Wilke.He has doctored my daughter the past 8 years or so.I know how dedicated he is to this illness.My daughter is one of his success stories !!I also have fibromyalgia and got a lot of good information from this book on the cause, symptoms and care of the disease....thank you Dr. Wilke for sharing your expertise with the rest of us! - Jan Marker

5-0 out of 5 stars Very information information and current!
This book is very good information for the person who has been diagnosed with "fibro".I was diagnosed in September 2009 and have read everything that I could get my hands on.I would recommend this book beacause it is an easy read and the information is current. ... Read more

6. Yoga for Fibromyalgia: Move, Breathe, and Relax to Improve Your Quality of Life (Rodmell Press Yoga Shorts)
by Shoosh Lettick Crotzer
Paperback: 128 Pages (2008-03-17)
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Asin: 1930485166
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Fibromyalgia, which affects more women than men, is characterized by widespread pain in muscles, ligaments and tendons, as well as fatigue and multiple tender points — places on the body where slight pressure causes pain. Although mainstream medicine has yet to devise a successful plan for treating fibromyalgia, yoga offers sensible strategies for managing, and sometimes overcoming, the pain. Written by a yoga teacher and suitable for both yoga novices and veterans, this book is grounded in simple movements, breathing techniques, and guided visualization and relaxation sessions. Readers learn to reduce stress and manage fibromyalgia through eight sequences: four for pain relief, one to diminish fatigue and improve sleep, and three for maintaining body awareness and general flexibility. The author's simple, supportive language and mixture of theory, practice, and the latest scientific data offer hope for one of the most challenging health conditions.
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3-0 out of 5 stars It's ok nothing special. My dvd is better
It would be soo much better to be spiral bound,then you wouldny have 2 heavy things to keep the book open. Purchased at Amazon

5-0 out of 5 stars Yoga for Fibromyalgia
Due to the nature of pain symptoms, Fibromyalgia sufferers often find it very difficult to exercise. Yoga is a good choice. The movements gently stretch out tight muscles and relieve tension. Moreover, it is possible to adapt a program for those times when pain or other Fibromyalgia related symptoms are at their worst.

Yoga for Fibromyalgia is the book that I have trying to find for a good long while. This valuable resource shows a variety of yoga postures (complete with color photographs) showing how they can be adapted on those bad days. Many of these movements can be done while you are sitting at the computer or watching television to relieve tension.

Near the end of the book, the author also shows how to combine the positions to create daily routines. Specifically with Fibromyalgia symptoms in mind, the book includes realistic ready made programs for pain relief (upper body, lower body, or generalas needed), for fatigue, and for good days.

4-0 out of 5 stars A nicer place to begin
This book is a nice place to begin for people with chronic pain. If you are new to yoga and feel intimidated by it do to chronic pain issues begin here. The author is no expert on Fibro, but the yoga poses and modifications are helpful.

3-0 out of 5 stars difficult to do while reading a book
I applaud the concept of Yoga for Fibro.I can't seem to do the exercises without constantly referring to the book which kind of destroys the relaxation part of yoga.Wish there was a DVD or even a CD.It suggests that you record your own voice with the instructions, but who has a tape recorder these days?I would do much better listening to a soothing voice telling me what to do or focus on than listening to my own voice.Great idea, bad medium.

5-0 out of 5 stars V.K.
This book has easy to follow pictures of yoga poses along with text that helps to fine-tune the movements for individual activity levels. I've had Fibromyalgia for over 20 years and I find this book to be helpful for pain management and relaxation. ... Read more

7. Fibromyalgia For Dummies
by Roland Staud, Christine Adamec
Paperback: 360 Pages (2007-10-01)
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Asin: 0470145021
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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The pain you suffer from fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is not in your imagination. FMS is a real medical problem that can be as debilitating and demoralizing as it is mysterious. Fibromyalgia For Dummies, Second Edition, brings you the latest scientific findings on the symptoms and causes of this disease and guides you toward proven, practical steps you can take reduce or eliminate FMS-related pain.

This plain-English guide is fully updated with the latest fibromyalgia treatment options, and evaluations of new medications that have shown great promise in reducing pain. You'll discover how to spot an array of symptoms and their possible causes, work with your physician to develop a treatment plan, and manage your pain at home and in the office. You'll learn how to:

  • Identify your FMS trigger points
  • Cope with chronic pain and sleep problems
  • Find medications that work for you
  • Locate a physician who can really help you
  • Make healing lifestyle changes
  • Use hands-on therapies to alleviate pain
  • Find effective over-the-counter and prescription medications
  • Choose among alternative therapies and treatments
  • Reduce the emotional distress caused by FMS
  • Help a child with FMS

Featuring moving and inspiring stories from fellow FMS sufferers who share their stories and offer invaluable tips on working your way back to wellness, Fibromyalgia for Dummies, Second Edition offers serious and sensitive guidance to help you overcome FMS and start being yourself again. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Dr. Staud, himself...
I have not read this book cover to cover. I have browsed it, having seen it while waiting for Dr. Staud's research assistants to be ready to work with me in one of his department's clinical trials at UF. Talking to people who work with FM patients every day, trying to get the disease's secrets to reveal themselves... trying to find effective treatments for people whose pain is elusive yet very, very real has been a fascinating journey.

Dr. Staud is extremely knowledgeable, yet very down to earth.I was delighted by his compassion, kindness... and sense of humor. I'm thankful that he and others like him have chosen 'fibromyalgia' as their mission in medicine.

Having been diagnosed with FM over 15 years ago (when it was thought of as a flash-in-the-pan hypochondriac diagnosis- du- jour) I'm already familiar with most of the topics included in the book....but it is well worth reading, for someone who wants or NEEDS to learn about this crazy, aggravating, tedious, and very, very real set of symptoms.

1-0 out of 5 stars Have not received yet, please process refund
I still have not received this product received both other products but i have not received this.
I would appreciate the refund be processed as soon as possible. Thank you

5-0 out of 5 stars Fibro for Dummies
got this for a newly-diagnosed friend (she said her doctor told her she had 'fibromyalgebra' lol. but it is a great little info-packed book for the newbie to this confusing and diffuse disease. got it in no time and in great shape, could have been new tho was only marked in 'like new' condition. Thanks!

5-0 out of 5 stars Fibromyalgia for Dummies
I have suffered from fibromyalgia for over 20 years, and like many others who have this syndrome, I often have doubts myself, when so many friends and relatives do not "believe in" this disease, and infer that if I would just try this diet, or do these exercises, or "just try harder"...I sometimes wonder if I AM just lazy, or "not trying hard enough".

This book helped me so much to understand and validate my experiences---the sometimes vague---sometimes acute pain that lasts for months in one part of my body, then suddenly moves to another area.

I shared it with my caregiver, who is close to me, and it helped her to understand that which she did not understand before.

This is a wonderful book that every sufferer of "fibro" should own, and every caring family member or friend should read. It is not "all in our heads". It is real, and it is progressive, and it is at times extremely painful. And, there are treatments for it, as clearly delineated in this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars FULL OF INFORMATION!
This book is EXACTLY what it says"For Dummies" I have Fybromyalgia & I didn't know (dummy?) anything about the disorder!! This book taught me all I need to know, and more! I also discovered new questions I need to ask my Dr! It's well worth the Price, and an easy,good,informative read!
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8. The First Year: Fibromyalgia: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed
by Claudia Craig Marek
Paperback: 400 Pages (2003-05-27)
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Fibromyalgia affects between three and six millionAmericans—80 percent of whom are women—yet remains one of themost difficult conditions to identify and diagnose. In the traditionof the other titles in the First Year series, The FirstYear—Fibromyalgia uses a unique approach—guiding readers throughtheir first seven days following diagnosis, then the next three weeksof their first month, and finally the next eleven months of theirfirst year—to provide answers and advice that will help everyonenewly diagnosed with fibromyalgia come to terms with their conditionand the lifestyle changes that accompany it. Starting with the day ofdiagnosis, patient-expert Marek provides vital information about thenature of fibromyalgia, choosing the right doctors, treatment options,psychological issues, holistic alternatives, self-managementstrategies, illustrative charts and tables, and much more. The FirstYear—Fibromyalgia will be a supportive and educational resourcefor everyone who wants to take an active role in the management oftheir condition. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Good Information
I was recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and this book actually has some great information that is becoming beneficial for me.

4-0 out of 5 stars necessary read for fibromites and those around them
I've been diagnosed with fibro for about 6 yrs now.I have a great deal of denial about this.I kept thinking if I forced myself to suffer through more exercise and just suck up the pain, fatigue, the IC, etc that the fibro would "go away."

I've been in a bad flare for a few weeks and I picked up this book.The first fibro book I ever read was "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and Other Invisible Illnesses."This book is not full of technical jargon, it's down to earth and honest.I like how she reinforces the importance of being your own advocate and taking charge of your health.

I decided on this book at this time in my life so that as I start to come out of my denial about having fibro and how bad it can be, I can use this book as a new starting point...a guide to handling things more realistically.I would love it if she had a companion workbook for this.It would be awesome.

5-0 out of 5 stars WOW!!
I was recenty diagnoside with FM. This book opened by eye to alot of things I never knew. Everybody should read this book!

5-0 out of 5 stars Very informative
I've just started reading "The First Year: Fibromyalgia".The information in it is what I've been searching years for.The book has answered all of my questions and so much more.I recommend this book to anyone who is struggling with Fibromyaligia or thinks they may have it.I take it to the doctor with me, so I can refer to it when I'm trying to explain some of my symptoms.This book will let you know you're not crazy and you are not alone.

3-0 out of 5 stars Very good information - maybe too technical for some
This book is chock full of really good information about fibromyalgia.However, it may be a bit overwhelming for the newly-diagnosed and those unfamiliar with the myriad medical terms used to describe it.For a less intimidating version of much of the same information, see Tender Points: A Fibromyalgia Memoir Filled with Practical Advice ... Read more

9. What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Fibromyalgia Fatigue: The Powerful Program That Helps You Boost Your Energy and Reclaim Your Life
by R. Paul St. Amand, Claudia Craig Marek
Paperback: 333 Pages (2003-10)
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The authors of the successful What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Fibromyalgia present a revolutionary new guide to help sufferers relieve their chronic fatigue.Affecting over 20 million Americans, fibromyalgia is a chronic disease whose symptoms include muscular pain and fatigue. Now, Dr. St. Amand, an expert on fibromyalgia, delivers a detailed diet, exercise, and lifestyle plan to help sufferers fight the often debilitating effects of chronic fatigue. Focusing on boosting energy, Dr. St. Amand offers important advice on avoiding energy drains (illnesses and injuries common to fibromyalgics) and increasing energy builders through the right combination of diet and exercise. In addition, he includes an accessible discussion on how energy is created by the body and delicious recipes proven to relieve symptoms--helping readers reclaim their lives and their health. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars diet might work
I've read a lot about this diet on the fm forums. The book was bought used and came in great condition. Now, if I'll just start the hypoglycemic diet, I might be able to lose some weight.

5-0 out of 5 stars Finally, Help
All fibromyalgia patients should read and follow this book. It has given me my life back.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best book I've ever read about Fibromyalgia!
After reading this book, I finally feel I understand the mechanics of FM.Whether Dr. Amand's treatment ever gets in a medical journal or not, if it helps those of us with the disease, that's a rather important accomplishment.I appreciate the use of analogies to help a lay person understand the technical functions in a body.Also, all effects of FM are covered as well as typical secondary issues like IBS.
There are a few charts and illustrations, all easy to understand.I haven't quite finished reading the book, but am already arranging to start the suggested treatment.I'd HIGHLY recommend this book if you or someone in your family has FM.I don't want to risk loosing my copy, so I've purchased a second copy for loaning.
The book's value is far more than what it costs here on Amazon!

1-0 out of 5 stars Poorly written, poorly thought out.
I have read several books about fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue.They were, in general, clearly written and their theories were clearly espoused. This book has almost no theory, (you must buy the previous book, only available used) and the content was repetitive and poorly organized. A perusal of the author's website will give you all the information you need to use this protocol.
The theory of this book, using guaifenisin for fibromyalgia, has been much discussed on the internet; and the upshot seems to be that the placebo effect is a powerful force in medicine. I am sure Dr St. Armand fully believes in his treatment, but the science does not bear out his theory.
I too, am looking for relief from pain, but I would save my money on this book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Fibromyalgia
The book is very informational. I found the information about hypoglycemia was very helpful.The two diet plans are easy to follow.I've had improvement already! Thanks. ... Read more

10. Fibromyalgia: The Complete Guide From Medical Experts and Patients
by Sharon Ostalecki
Paperback: 360 Pages (2007-05-18)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Fibromyalgia is a severe musculoskeletal pain and fatigue syndrome that afflicts approximately 3 to 6 million Americans. Fibromyalgia: The Complete Guide from Medical Experts and Patients is a compilation of a diverse group of health care practitioners and a comprehensive guide for patients and families. The book provides authoritative, practical advice and answers to common questions about this condition to help patients and families achieve a greater understanding of all aspects of dealing with fibromyalgia. Physicians incorporate newest research on fibromyalgia. This resource offers material never presented in any other fibromyalgia book. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Fibromyalgia Guide
This book was very informative, but it mostly spoke about the conditions that go along with Fibromyalgia, and less about the Fibromyalgia itself. It was still very interesting and I would recomend it to anyone with Fibromyalgia.

3-0 out of 5 stars A Foot In The Door, That's All
Needless to say, fibromyalgia has very little definative information.It is still a mystery to most doctors and scientists.All that is known for sure is this "syndrome" causes widespread pain and a garden variety of problems, none of which will kill you or cause your body to deteriorate.

Like the author of the book, I have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia.Everyone with this diagnosis will share some things and not others.It is not a cookie-cutter syndrome.It is not even technically a disease, but a syndrome.According to Adrienne Dellwo (a journalist with FMS) of About.com: "A syndrome is a collection of signs and symptoms known to frequently appear together but without a known cause.A disease is a disorder in a system or organ that effects the body's function."(1)

Fibromyalgia: The Complete Guide from Medical Experts and Patients is a good start for someone wanting basics of what is involved, but it tends to go all over the place.The chapters do not seem to follow a logical order and the writings from different people seem to bring more confusion than clarity.

The author, Sharon Ostalecki has a BS in science, MS in physcial science, and PhD in nutrition.Her specialty is in fibromyalgia and she also has the syndrome for over 15 years.You might expect someone with so much insight to have written more of the book, but she opted to let other doctors, specialists, and patients to write a chapter.Dr. Ostalecki wrote chapters 17 (Self-Management Techniques) and 19 (Nutrition and Healing) along with the introductory preface about what she does.

The first two chapters talk about FMS in some detail, but to be honest you can find more detailed information online for free.The first chapter is written jointly by two doctors and the second chapter is written by an FMS patient.I like having different perspectives, but not necessarily within the same book.Chapter one sort of tunnel visions what FMS is and it is backed up by one person's experience which would leave someone unfamiliar with FMS to think all doctors are on the same page as far as diagnosis, tests which need to be run, and the other similar things it could be if not FMS (chronic fatigue, for instance).

Fibromyalgia is almost as diverse as the person diagnosed with it, but it is mostly recognized by the pain points - the ones that not all scientists agree upon.The book also touches on, but doesn't go too much into the other displays of FMS such as depression, seizures, Raynaud's syndrome, or restless leg syndrome(2).It is at least a good smattering of information for beginners to start, so I've said, but when you need more information about it, this falls short.

The book seems to suggest most FMS people can deal with a bit of medicine, nutritional support, yoga, alternative medicine and a positive attitude.If I were to just scan the chapter titles, I would run thinking it was just another quack book.It does take each topic in a responsible manner and does not even suggest that FMS is all in one's head nor that some New Age positive thinking will make it go away.

To date, there are no cures for FMS, all one can do is manage the symptoms as best as possible.Sometimes it will go away for no reason and with others it doesn't seem to go away.This book points out some good methods in coping such as acupuncture and other options for dealing with the pain and what to do with things such as IBS, visual distortion, and sleep disorders as well as how to cope mentally with this sometimes overwhelming syndrome.Again, it's a good start.What might work for one person may not work for another.Anyone who has FMS should be working in conjunction with their doctor(s) and/or specialist(s) and finding a personalized plan.That is the most responsible part of the book, it will refer you to work with your doctor and encourage you not to give up.FMS won't kill you and won't make your body deteriorate, in and of itself, but it will put you in a position where you will not want to be active and that inactivity itself is what can make your body deteriorate (not the FMS).

The part of the book I wish were expanded upon was the medication part.It talks about relieving your pain with NSAIDs/Tylenol and narcotic/non-narcotics as well as pain block injections.It then talks about anti-depressants such as tricyclic, SSRIs and SNRIs which are usually associated with patients who have emotional issues.And then it goes on to anti-convulsant drugs given to seizure patients.The effects of these drugs on FMS are brief as well as the side effects and the potential dangerous interactions with other things like herbal remedies.

If you hate needles, acupuncture won't help you.If you have a bad reaction to certain medications, those meds won't help you.If you cannot work with any type of therapist (physical or emotional), they cannot help you.As the book makes it clear, the FMS patient is the one who has to be the proactive one in getting better.

All in all, the book is a good read.Most of it can be found online on free, but if you have the visual issues of FMS, the book might give you a headache where you can always adjust type-size on a browser.Likewise, if you have FMS and have problems sitting behind the computer for a long time, the book option is good to read when lying down where you may be more prone to shift position.Worthwhile for a look, but I've seen more thouhrough information elsewhere.

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5-0 out of 5 stars complete
I have had FM for many years now and have read so many books on FM. This book is absolutely incredible! I have learned so much! It talks about everything. I thought I knew all there was to know about FM, But I was wrong. If you have FM---Buy this book! It is written by a Dr. who has FM and specializes in FM. You will learn more than you could ever imagined. I give most of my books away after I read them. Not this one. This is a keeper!

5-0 out of 5 stars Very helpful. Great book. Alot of information.
This book is very helpful in understanding fybromyalgia. It explains pretty much everything on what you are experianceing and what to maybe expect. It also helps with understanding what to do on trying to ease the pain and try to live a more pain free life. Talks about medicines and excersize that can help. The book is not too short, not to long, its perfect. Its my little carry along info book. Great book. I have already recommended it to my mother and a few friends. Well worth every penny. :) Maria K

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book
After exhausting my resources at the local library about fibromyalgia, I decided I wanted a reference book of my own.With limited funds I could only buy one book. I decided to buy Fibromyalgia: The Complete Guide From Medical Experts and Patients based on the reviews.I'm glad I chose this book.Even after spending hours on the internet I find this book actually adds to my knowledge of this awful illness.I was afraid that anything I bought would be out of date since research on fibro is growing at such a fast pace lately.But this book, for me, is a treasure of information.Especially after reading about the kind of care the author and others (after reading their personal stories) are receiving I've decided to make a concerted effort to find the right care giver for me.I'm very thankful to the author and all the other experts who banded together to create this book. ... Read more

11. Reversing Fibromyalgia: The Whole-Health Approach to Overcoming Fibromyalgia Through Nutrition, Exercise, Supplements and Other Lifestyle Factors
by Dr. Joe M. Elrod
Paperback: 286 Pages (2002-01-15)
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Pocket-sized consumer text provides a regimen, including nutrition, physical and mental exercise, and supplementation therapies. Previous edition: c1997. Softcover. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Good information
Whether or not you believe Fibromyalgia can really be reversed, this book provies a lot of information and some solutions that, if you try them, certainly can't hurt.I found it very useful and have recommended it to friends in my support groups online.

5-0 out of 5 stars Reversing Fibromyalgia
This book is the most helpful information a patient could have for the condition of fibromyalgia. It is detailed in the explanation of the symptons, and offers excellent information on how to eat and nurture your body without buying expensive special concoctions. I highly recommend this book for every one with this condition. This would make an excellent gift to someone you know with the condition. Most doctors do not know about Fibro, much less how to treat the body with normal foods and vitamins and supplements. I was blessed when I found out about this book and its companion books. This this diet and relaxing one is expected to eat their way out of the Fibromyalgia condition. This is a book that is in very big demand. Thank you for the opportunity to review this book.Mary

2-0 out of 5 stars Slow going
I've read a lot of books on Fibromyalgia; this one is a slow read for me.Good tips and such, but not something you can sit down and read through.Still worth the price!

5-0 out of 5 stars Brought me LIFE
I have suffered with this for years.Last year I spent many months at specialists to hear the words "you are the healthiest 44-year old I have ever seen".This was according to my intense bloodwork profile.After this news from my endocrinologist, I met Dr. Elrod and read his books.I felt hope and decided to do everything he suggested.Two months later, I was 400% better and doing great!It is not easy--definitely requires a lifestyle change.But if someone wants answers and wants to get their life back, they can by following this protocol.This book was such a blessing to me and I highly recommend it.

1-0 out of 5 stars buyer beware!!!
Dr Elrod is not a physician he is a former college professor who has found a better way to make a buck, by selling you books and vitamins and captitalizing on your pain and suffering!There is no scientific research to support his claims, to which he now adds "Reversing Degenerative Diseases".Go to his website in which he claims himself to be "the foremost expert on fibromyalgia" although he has never been published in any reputable scientific journal. Save your money! ... Read more

12. The Fibromyalgia Cookbook: More than 140 Easy and Delicious Recipes to Fight Chronic Fatigue
by Shelley Ann Smith
Paperback: 224 Pages (2010-05-01)
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Find Relief the Healthy, Natural, and Easy Way from Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis
If you or someone in your life suffers from fibromyalgia, this is an essential resource. While drugs and pain suppressants are available for relief, The Fibromyalgia Cookbook offers a healthy, natural method of subduing the pain and exhaustion through easy recipes and cooking tips.
• No red meat
• No green peppers
• No eggplant
• Avoid heavy, starchy foods
• No white flour
• Low sodium
• Low fat
• No processed sugars.
Following these simple rules, author Shelley Ann Smith has created more than 140 delicious recipes.


• Cream of Chicken Soup
• Blueberry Muffins
• Sole with Garlic Lemon Butter
• Pasta with Pesto Sauce
• Chicken Waldorf Salad
• Overnight Salsa

Just by indulging in these satisfying dishes, fibromyalgia patients will have energy and motivation they never thought possible.

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2-0 out of 5 stars REALLY wanted to like this cookbook
So yes, I really did want to like this book.Unfortunately I don't.I'm already exhausted all of the time.Just looking at the number of ingredients in most of the recipes and thinking of the prep work involved, I just can't do it.

I would have liked for each recipe to have bit of information about how the various ingredients were helpful to those with FM.This way readers would have more knowledge on what they can add to their favorite recipes to make them more beneficial to releaving symptoms.

I'm glad this book, and it's prior edition, has been so helpful for so many other people.I'll just keep looking.

4-0 out of 5 stars Fibromyalgia cookbook
I was diagnosed with fibromialgia 6 years ago and,hav been looking for receipes. The Fibromyalgia Cookbook has more information than just recepies.A good read and a good purchase.

5-0 out of 5 stars Better living with Fibromyalgia
Keeping Fibromyalgia (FMS) under control is not easy.Every day is a new day of learning in all areas that effect a person with FMS. The receipes in this book are simple to prepare. The receipes are full of flavor.I think the receipes are good for a non-FMS person. ... Read more

13. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Fibromyalgia, 2nd Edition
by Lynne Matallana, Ph. D., Laurence A. Bradley
Paperback: 384 Pages (2009-01-06)
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Asin: 1592578330
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Nearly eight million Americans suffer from it.

Cutting through the history and medical jargon found in more exhaustive and incomprehensible reference books, this guide focuses on the most important things readers need to know in order to effectively understand and manage fibromyalgia, especially important now, with 22 new fibromyalgia-fighting drugs on the market. This new edition teaches readers how to:

*Communicate better with doctors and healthcare providers
*Evaluate pain medications and non-medical therapies
*Develop exercise and diet regimens
*Identify and treat symptoms
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3-0 out of 5 stars okay book
I thought it was a little simplistic for my stage in this illness, but it would be great for a newly diagnosed person.I am glad to add it to my resource library.

5-0 out of 5 stars Mom liked it
Bought this for mom. She liked it, loaned it and never got it back. Must be good.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book!
This is very good book. It is very informative and up to date. It was a little more clinically written than I was expecting but it is still good. If you are new to fibromyalgia, either having it or knowing someone who does it is a good book to get. Learn all you can about it!!! Every bit of knowledge helps you understand what is happening and figure out how to deal with it.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Complete Idiots Guide to Fibromyalgia
I have suffered with fibromyalgia for seventeen years and have seen a lot of the information in this book from different sources, but, I especially like having all of the information compiled together in one book.Plus, there was a lot of new information that I had not seen.It is very well written and all of the information is very helpful for anyone suffering from fibromyalgia and for their spouses and families. Gayle Camp

2-0 out of 5 stars The Complete Idiot's Guide to Fibromyalgia, 2nd edition
I did not learn anything from this book, pretty much all common sense. It was a waste of my time. ... Read more

14. The Fibromyalgia Cookbook: More Than 120 Easy and Delicious Recipes
by Shelley Ann Smith
Paperback: 155 Pages (2002-03-20)
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Roughly 6 to 8 million people in the United States alone are afflicted with fibromyalgia. A widespread muscular-skeletal syndrome, fibromyalgia touches people of all ages, male and female, as an unrelieved aching and burning pain, often accompanied by fatigue, that leaves its victims feeling exhausted.

Fibromyalgia inflects terrible wounds that leave no scars, and it is very difficult to treat. While drugs and pain suppressants are available, healthy food alternatives, including herbs and other natural foods, also help in combating the pain and exhaustion associated with the syndrome.

The Fibromyalgia Cookbook is designed to help those who suffer from this affliction to find relief from their discomfort. Focusing on natural foods and herbs, the authors emphasize pure foods with no additives, the lowest levels of toxins, and the greatest amount of nutritional value. The rules are few and basic: No red meat. No green peppers. No eggplant. Avoid heavy, starchy foods. The diet is low in sodium and low in fat, with no processed sugars. (Natural sweeteners such as honey and fruit are used.) No white flour (spelt flour and rice pasta are good substitutes). Soy butter, virgin olive oil, and flaxseed oil are suggested for salads. Many other satisfying possibilities are provided.

An introduction by Dr. Alison Bested explains the nature of fibromyalgia and the role of diet in finding relief from its symptoms. A glossary explains the strengths and dangers of specific foods. The 124 delicious recipes are divided into Soups, Salads, Veggies, Fibro-Fish Dishes, Dressings, Sauces and Dips, Fruit, Rice and Pasta, and Bread. COOKING; HEALTH 6” X 8”, 172 PAGES PAPERBACK ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars great buy
I bought this book on a whim for a family member with Fibromyalgia and found the book to be very informative. The recipes were both easy and fun to make with the whole family, I originally wanted to know more about the food that help coping with Fibromyalgia easier, and I came out with this information as wellas the knowledge of food which make coping a little easier. What the real bonus was there was no compromising on taste which is very beneficial if you have kids.

5-0 out of 5 stars Life saver cookbook
This cookbook has been indispensable for me in planning my meals and making my life easier to manage since I was diagnosed.It has basic recipes, that even my kids enjoy.Not fancy by any means, but very usable for an everyday recipe book.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this book!
This book is full of recipes you will never use.A waste of money.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book, low carb results in less pain
My Fibro care provider recommended this to me since I enjoy cooking.Recipes are not complicated and fairly simple using fresh ingredients.Leans to the lower carb side which definitely reduces pain in FMS patients.Can be used with or without the Guaifensen protocol.Good flavor, my husband indulges too.This is a good price for the book.

1-0 out of 5 stars not a cookbook for people with fibromyalgia
I bought this book because I wanted to change my eating habits to feel better.But this cookbook was written before the latest findings for people with fibromyalgia to stay away from night-shade foods and dairy products.These recipes contain night-shade foods and dairy products so I did not find this cookbook helpful and was a waste of my money.This book should be updated or taken off the market. ... Read more

15. The Fibromyalgia Advocate
by Devin Starlanyl
Paperback: 392 Pages (1999-09-30)
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Asin: 1572241217
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Reviews some of the recent theories regarding fibromyalgia and myofascial pain syndrome. Topics covered are: what you need to know and FMS and MPS, the health care team, fighting for your rights, dealing with your world, and arming yourself with documented information. For consumers. Softcover. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Fibromyalgia Advocate
This is a must read book!For people who have been told they have Fibromyalgia by their Dr.and a mandatory read for all health care professionals.

3-0 out of 5 stars Fibromyalgia information
I bought this book for my daughter who had just been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. I found that the book had a lot of useful information that was written clearly and was easy to understand. The downside of this book was the overall depressive tone and the sense of hopelessness.My daughter read the book and was very saddened afterwards. I wouild have liked just a glimmer of something positive.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best informational book ever
I have read a lot of books regarding this topic. and so far this is the best book ever. It gives details and information in terms and uses words tha regular people understand. Some of the information that is in this book, I have been looking for on the internet, and asking other people. And this book has my answers. It also has phone numbers, address etc. for key people. This book is great.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very Educational
This book has been very educational for me. I have suffered for years with FMS and it was great to receive up to date information. This book also has a wonderful chapter on helping those around you to understand how chronic pain effects a persons everyday life. I would highly recommend this book for both the person with chronic pain and their loved ones who are dealing with it on the sidelines.

5-0 out of 5 stars An incredible help & guide
This book was a help, a guide, and comfort to/for me.

I wish I could find a doctor in person who could provide what this book did for me, truly.

Thank you, to the author.

Thank you to the amazon for providing the best deal! ... Read more

16. The Fibromyalgia Handbook: A 7-Step Program to Halt and Even Reverse Fibromyalgia, 3rd Edition
by Harris H. McIlwain, Debra Fulghum
Paperback: 320 Pages (2003-04-01)
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Asin: 0805072411
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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A new edition of the bestselling book for fibromyalgia sufferers-with information on the latest medications and alternative and complementary therapies
Fibromyalgia, with its constant severe muscle pain, relentless fatigue, disturbed sleep, and feelings of depression, is regularly misdiagnosed and misunderstood, yet it is the most common arthritis-related disease next to osteoarthritis. While some feel these symptoms are part of growing older, fibromyalgia is not a sign of aging.

In this newly revised edition of his popular handbook, Dr. Harris H. McIlwain offers hope to millions of sufferers. His proven seven-step treatment program includes the very latest in such medications as Cox-2 Inhibitors, the breakthrough drugs that reduce pain and inflammation without stomach upset, and guaifenesin, a common ingredient in cough and cold medications that may lessen the symptoms of fibromyalgia. The program also has specific exercises to reduce deep muscle pain, to increase strength and energy, and to alleviate stress and anxiety. McIlwain tells what alternative approaches are safe to supplement his own treatment program, and offers an expanded discussion of complementary therapies that may be of benefit, such as homeopathy, chiropractic, aromatherapy, nutritional therapy, and herbal therapy. With McIlwain's program, fibromyalgia sufferers can manage the symptoms of the disease, reverse its progression in most cases, and improve the quality of their lives.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Nice starter book for newly diagnosed patients
This is a well written book that gives you an idea what you are up against.I found that it is great to give it to your family members so that they understand what and how this affects their family member.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good info. here!
This was a gift I purchased and the reciever has used it well, being a good therapy for the mind and body in what can be a daily struggle in living with Fibro.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book!!! Lots of Info,....!!!
This book has alot for me to be able to refer to & is so easy to understand,...It is so great to be able to turn to a chapter & find
many treatment options to be able to try,...like for instance the one that I hadn't even thought of,...was moist heat,...something that simple,...or a heated swimming pool,..(which some of us do not have),..but I do however have a spa tub,...which will really help me
on a regular basis,....I want to suggest to anyone suffering as I am,..& so many of us are,,...with this horrible,....pain,..just check this book out,..you won't be sorry,..I know I am not,...LH

1-0 out of 5 stars Amazing they all love the other books by THE SAME AUTHOR
I find it very amazing that if you click on the "See my all reviews" box that these same people also highly recommend all the other books by the same author?WOW imagine that! Type in the names Harris H. McIlwain and Debra Fulghum Bruce in a search engine and see the 100 other books these people have in print. They sound like the experts for every sickness and illness known to man.

There is some good advice, but nothing new here, snake-oil at best like so many books on the market.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very detailed and presents surprising new findings
If you have fibromyalgia, this book can change your life, as it did mine. The breakthrough medical information was highly interesting. The authors also presented surprising new findings on which foods and exercise programs actually decrease pain and inflammation--and which ones increase pain. The natural therapies presented by Dr. McIlwain were also revealing with 5-HTP and SAM-e having been found to resolve pain and depression and help aid in getting sound sleep.

It was very helpful to me to hear I was not alone with these vague but high intrusive symptoms of FMS. I recommend this book to anyone with this syndrome. ... Read more

17. The Fibromyalgia Help Book: Practical Guide to Living Better with Fibromyalgia
by Jenny R.N. Fransen, Russell . Jon M.D. Ph.D
Paperback: 256 Pages (1997-12-29)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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"The most comprehensive and understandable treatise on fibromyalgia that I have had the pleasure to review.It deals in a very practical way with questions I hear in my office every day. I plan to use this book for my patients."--Glenn A. McCain, M.D., Southeast Arthritis Care Center, Charlotte, North Carolina ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Helpful
This book is an easy read. A lot of helpful information.Written so that is easy to understand. I would recommend it to anyone that has the Fibromyalgia syndrome.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must have
This book is a must read for people with fibromalgia .. It covers every major concern and gives a lot of helpful insights

5-0 out of 5 stars It's a "gotta" read
This book tells it all for anyone suffering from fibromyalgia or for someone who has a family member or friend with it. It's easy reading and even tells you how to deal with the image the rest of the world and even bosses and co-workers have of the condition because it is so different for each person dealing with it. There's alot of misunderstanding and unbelief out there but with this book I was able to purchase from Amazon.com it helped me to change people's views on the subject if even just to recognize that maybe it might NOT be "just in your head". I highly recommend it also for the legal help it includes and I've guided may folks to seek help, get questions answered, or at least recognize that fibromyalgia is real.

4-0 out of 5 stars just glanced
I really have not had time to travel through this book yet but in my glancing of it, it does look pretty good. Fibromyalgia is a syndrome that really makes you tired and unfocused so it is hard to find time to sit and actually read. But on a good day you can, I just don't have good days in the winter time, due to the syndrome. So once I feel good again, I will read it for next winter suggestions.

5-0 out of 5 stars Exceptional information
Ths book was full of great information.........very detailed but easy to understand. It had great exercise ideas and life modifications. I would highly recommend this to anyone who has been diagnosed or believes they may have Fibromyalgia. ... Read more

18. Integrative Therapies for Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and Myofascial Pain: The Mind-Body Connection
by Celeste Cooper R.N., Jeffrey Miller Ph.D.
Paperback: 448 Pages (2010-02-05)
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Asin: 1594773238
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Fibromyalgia, chronic myofascial pain from muscle trigger points, and chronic fatigue syndrome are often seen as interchangeable conditions. Nothing could be further from the truth--however, they do often coexist. Knowing what you have will help you in determining the right treatment.

Written by a registered nurse with these three disorders, and a psychologist who has been treating chronic pain since 1994, this book presents an integrative approach. The authors understand these conditions are not curable, but they provide a thorough guide for treatment options that can benefit you. They answers questions like:
How can I be more than a bystander in my own care?
Why is proper documentation in my medical record important?
How are FM, CFID and CMP different,  how do they cross over and why should I know?
What are common co-existing conditions and what conditions mimic or aggravate mine?
How do I communicate my needs and symptoms successfully?
Where is that word I had two seconds ago?
What different forms of exercise are available for my specific needs?
How do I write a poem or meditate and why is the feedback to my brain important?
Why do some treatments make me worse when everyone swears they will make me better?
What should I look for in the "right" doctor?
What are my patient rights?
What foods should I avoid, and why?
Why should safe use of medications, herbal remedies and supplements  concern me?
Why can't I sleep, what can I do?
What is a flare, and how do I deal with crisis?'
Why don't my family and friends understand?
How do I assess and document the effectiveness of treatments, and medications?
What are the different types of bodywork, and who provides it?
What are the dos and don'ts of exercise?
How big is big brother?
How can I help my doctor overcome fear of prescribing the medications I need?
How do I write my thoughts and feelings down, and why is it important to me?
How do I apply for the benefits I need, what are they looking for?
What is an appeals process?
How do I get my needs met at work?
Why is nurturing my spiritual side important?
How can I resist isolation and feel empowered?
How do I accept what has happened to me and maintain forward momentum? ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Lotus Guide magazine
For many diseases in our world, we are finally learning that treatments using only allopathic or only homeopathic remedies are seldom the best approach in and of themselves. Much of the confusion has come from the polarized arguments of both sides attempting to defend their points of view, but like most truths the answers are often found in the middle ground, hence "integrative medicine." I found this book, at 448 pages, to be very comprehensive and I highly recommend it for anyone searching for a balanced approach for the treatment of these diseases.

Dhara Lemos, Lotus GuideDhara's Active Meditation

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best
One of the best books on the subject. It was almost as if it was written from my own experiences.
I connected with everything they spoke of. I absolutely am keeping it for my reference when ever Ineed to speak to my doctor or I need validation. It made me feel good that there was absolutely another person going through what I'm going through with this devastating disease.

5-0 out of 5 stars Integrative Therapies for Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and Myofascial Pain
Based upon my own personal experiences, I know that getting that Fibromyalgia and/or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome diagnosis is difficult. Saying that you hurt all over for no particular reason, that you just can't seem to get out of bed each morning, that you could sleep for days and still be tired, or that you feel like you are thinking through several layers of cotton just tends to confuse most doctors. Even though there is nothing new about these conditions and there are a growing number of individuals suffering from them, few doctors know much about Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, or Myofascial Pain. Diagnosis, even if your doctor believes you, can take months or even years. Then, once diagnosed, there is no set treatment options leaving us with the primary responsibility of finding options that ease our suffering.

Integrative Therapies for Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and Myofascial Pain is the book that I wish I could have been given when I started this journey. I highly recommend it to anyone who thinks they might have Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, or Myofascial Pain. This multifunctional book will educate you while reminding you that you are not alone.

Integrative Therapies for Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and Myofascial Pain begins by explaining the similarities and differences between the three conditions. Many doctors and most of the literature tend to lump these together because the symptoms are very similar. Nonetheless, the root cause may not necessarily be the same which definitely suggests different treatment strategies.

Next, the book tells us how to talk to our doctor. How to explain our symptoms: their location, the intensity, and the duration. Also, knowing our rights and when to find another doctor. This is important as after repeated testing and specialist visits, we all start to wonder if the pain is in our head. However, it is at this point that we need to stand up for ourselves and find appropriate healthcare specialists.

The final sections are for after the diagnosis. Things like finding support, educating yourself, and figuring out what treatment options might be useful to you. There are also some invaluable tips on living, getting through your day, reworking relationships, and understanding the emotional aspects of these conditions.
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19. The Fibromyalgia Nutrition Guide: Contains Valuable Dietary Guidelines, Recipes, and More for Overcoming Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Sydrome...
by Mary Moeller LPN, Dr. Joe M. Elrod
Paperback: 168 Pages (1999-03-01)
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Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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For those suffering from fibromyaglia, this practical guide demonstrating how to use nutritional means to effectively relieve the symptoms of fibromyalgia is a valuable tool. The basics of nutrition, diet and how the body functions, combined with more than 100 easy and healthy recipes and menu plans, and practical information on herbal and nutritional supplements, all result in an invaluable tool to effectively overcoming fibromyalgia. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Not very helpful for fibromyalgia sufferers
If I could give zero stars, I would, because I found this book useless. The nutritional information is very basic, general stuff you can find in any nutrition book. What it has to do with the nutritional requirements for Fibro, I don't know. The recipes contradict their dietary reccomendations by using ingredients they warn against, like white flour, and the recipes can commonly be found in cookbooks. And as another reviewer noted, the poor editing and typos make one question their credibility. This is a topic that needs to be addressed, but this book doesn't do a very good job of it. Very disappointing.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great information
This book is full of useful information and it is written in a way anyone can understand. Thank you so much to all who help with this disease.

3-0 out of 5 stars so-so
The information was basically helpful.However, it is very poorly written and you have to translate it as you read it, so to speak.The statements are made vaguely without definite backup.There are references given in the back, however it could have been written in a way that lends the statements much more weight.

1-0 out of 5 stars Haved looked or cared for it yet
I got this book and honestly found it a big disappointment.Most of the info in it is in other books and the recipes really arent any big deal.I knew most of the nutrition info already.If you already have a library of FM or nutrition info, this book is pointless.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite books!!
Of all the books i have purchased on fibromyalgia- this is the best. This has become my 'bible' on nutrition for treatment of fibromyalgia. I highly recommend this book!!!It has great information on grains, problems with additives, metals and other toxins, essential vitamins and minerals to take and which ones to avoid and also contains some great recipes!!!With the guiding help of this book, i have been able to do well managing my fibromyalgia and it has helped me feel good enough to start an exercise program. ... Read more

20. Fibromyalgia Controversy
by M. Clement Hall
Paperback: 377 Pages (2009-06-09)
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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As many as fifteen million American women, or 5 percent of the adult female population in the US, suffer from the disabling medical condition known as fibromyalgia. If one takes into account husbands, partners, children, and other close relatives, the proportion of the American population directly or indirectly affected by fibromyalgia could be as high as 10 percent, or thirty million persons.

Nonetheless, the medical community is divided over the reality of this condition. One side argues, sometimes heatedly, that the patients are masquerading --pretending a disability they know they do not have. The other side counters, with equal passion, that fibromyalgia sufferers are abused by a society that fails to give them the support they deserve while painfully suffering from this severely debilitating illness.

Without taking sides, Dr. M. Clement Hall presents six fictional, though factually based, case studies of typical patients from differing socioeconomic backgrounds and describes the varying investigations, diagnoses, and treatments they have undergone. Each of these case studies represents a composite of many years of clinical practice rather than one specific patient. Collectively, they cover the range of experiences fibromyalgia patients are likely to have encountered.

By taking this unique approach, Dr. Hall presents an objective overview of the fibromyalgia situation today in North America. Patients, family members, and physicians will see themselves reflected in the descriptions and will gain a broader understanding of this challenging illness.
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5-0 out of 5 stars A guide for sufferers and clinicians alike
Fibromyalgia is a disorder affecting as many as fifteen million Americans, mostly women, and presents with widespread pain, sleep disturbance, fatigue, and more. It also is one of the most contested conditions in modern times, offering ongoing debate and discussion. Here Dr. Hall reviews the latest opinions and studies on the condition and pinpoints controversies in a guide for sufferers and clinicians alike. ... Read more

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