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21. Treating and Beating Fibromyalgia
22. Living with Fibromyalgia n/e -
23. The New Fibromyalgia Remedy: Stop
24. Freedom from Fibromyalgia : The
25. 100 Questions & Answers About
26. Fibromyalgia: A Leading Expert's
27. Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue
28. Living Well with Chronic Fatigue
29. Fibromyalgia: Simple Relief through
30. The Fibromyalgia Relief Handbook
31. The Good Living With Fibromyalgia
32. Women Living with Fibromyalgia
33. Hope and Help for Chronic Fatigue
34. Living with Fibromyalgia
35. Fibromyalgia Cookbook: A Daily
36. Healing Fibromyalgia
37. Fibromyalgia : A Handbook for
38. The Arthritis Foundation's Guide
39. Alternative Treatments for Fibromyalgia
40. Fibromyalgia: A Comprehensive

21. Treating and Beating Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Step-by-step Program Proven to Help You Get Well!
by Rodger H. Murphree
Paperback: 464 Pages (2009-02-28)
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Asin: 0972893849
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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I understand. For most of the world, it's a common little phrase. But for people who have fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome (or both), it's amazingly powerful, not to mention rare. Because you have an illness that's hard to "prove," loved ones may secretly accuse you of hypochondria or laziness. You may be told "it's all in your head." Phusicians can be even worse. If they believe that conditions exist at all - and some don't - their first impulse is to mask the symptoms with prescription drugs. Patients often end up on a medical merry-go-round, seeing doctor after doctor after doctor. They end up more confused and disoriented than ever, often concluding, "Maybe I am crazy, after all." ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Fibromyalgia People Don't get on Meds until you read this!
I agree with the doctor on many point in regards to supplements and medications.I believe this book has a lot of great information for people that want to live more naturally and don't buy into all of the garbage out there that the Pharmaceutical companies want us to believe.

3-0 out of 5 stars Might help - but skeptical
I have some of the doctor's books about fibromyalgia and while there is good information about this disorder, I can't help but be a bit skeptical about authors who just happen to sell supplements as well as books.

5-0 out of 5 stars very detailed
Looks at the underlying reasons for this syndrome. Found book to be one that i pick up to read again and again. I would recommend it.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money!
After being diagnosed in 2007 with fibromyalgia--which explained alot--I started researching the syndrome/disease on the Internet. There are legitimate foundations and medical sites as well as the NIH medical library. This book added nothing to what I had already learned on my own for free! In addition, I met other sufferers who shared their experience, strength, and hope with me. And, there were my physicians. Murphree's book is nothing more than a selling platform for his overpriced supplements. Bear in mind also, dear reader, that the ingredients for ALL nutritional supplements come from the same handful of factories--ie, a chemical formula is a chemical formula, period. This author reminds me of Gary Null, who claimed he had cured both cancer and AIDS. It turned out that Null didn't even write his own books (my ex met his ghostwriter in our neighborhood). I feel like a real sucker for having bought Murphree's book. It's going to the recycle bin--today.

5-0 out of 5 stars Incrediblly helpful, this doc "gets the disease and can treat it" like few others do!
The cover of the new book is a bit strange to me, however, I have the 2006 version of this book and and am ordering the updated version for the content. I have had Fibro and CFS for 10 years. I am an RN. I have gone every direction possible to figure out how to cure these conditions......not just treat symptoms. I have spent well over $10,000 out of pocket on Fibro docs, chiropractors, massage, Rolfing, Iridology, Nutritionalist, diets, forms of exercise, meds and on an on. Doctor Murphee really understands the disease and it's triggers and he has concrete solutions. After reading book (which I reread often...so full of valuable content),I then consulted by phone. It has made a huge difference. Thank you, Dr Murphee! It's the closest thing to the Bible on the topic.

Amazon, note that you misspelled the word Chronic in the title listing. ... Read more

22. Living with Fibromyalgia n/e - Beat this debilitating condition
by Christine Craggs-Hinton
Paperback: 158 Pages (2010-04-15)
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Asin: 1847091008
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Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition characterised by pain in the muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Other symptoms include fatigue, sleep problems, allergies, anxiety, irritable bowel syndrome, headaches, morning stiffness and problems with short term memory and concentration. Increasing recognition of fibromyalgia means that diagnosis and treatment are increasingly likely, but self-help is still key. As well as tried and tested advice on how to reduce pain, boost energy levels and help with regular sleep, this new edition includes the latest in treatments, such as the popular therapy guaifenesin (sic). It also looks at how pain is experienced, explores the possibility that fibromylagia may be due to a rogue gene, and clarifies the difference between fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.Other topics include: * fibromyalgia and immune dysfunction* links with hypothyroidism * psychotherapy* the vital importance of low-impact aerobic exercise such as walking, cycling or swimming diet* illustrated posture and exercise advice * pain and stress management* complementary therapies 'Having managed her own fibromyalgia, Christine now passes her experience and knowledge on to others so that they do not have to spend their precious time researching what she has already done. Progress has been made over the last few years and more medical professionals are recognising the symptoms, but there are still many who lack the knowledge to diagnose and treat fibromyalgia effectively.At present there are no national guidelines for treatment.This is one reason this book is so vital to those with fibromyalgia their families, friends and employers.' Pam Stewart MBE, Fibromyalgia Association UK chair ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars This great book has helped turn my life around!
This book was me. It described my symptoms exactly, explaining the intricacies of the condition in an easy-to-understand, down-to-earth way. At last I knew what was going on in my body, and at last I could begin to take action, for, as well as factual information and resource data, this book is full of great suggestions. The chapter on pain and stress management has been particularly useful, and is explained in such a comforting, caring way that it had me riveted. I am now in much less pain because of this book. Not only that, I have the confidence to deal with different situations and recently even went on my first holiday abroad for ten years! Thankyou for helping me to turn my life around, Christine!

5-0 out of 5 stars A truly excellent and comprehensive read
As a sufferer of fibromyalgia syndrome who has fought it alone the holistic way (with considerable success) for over four years, I was intrigued when I spotted this book. Initially, I was somewhat put off by the title, as I did not want to have to 'live with' fibromyalgia - I wanted to get rid of it...However, I soon revised my opinion, as I found it to be a truly excellent and comprehensive read for anyone with any interest at all in this debilitating, painful and miserable syndrome - especially those who are prepared to help themselves)for there is no magic answer to it. I have always maintained that any chronic disease (fibromyalgia included) represents a breakdown of health, Christine Craggs-Hinton explains just what is known about this syndrome, and then takes the reader through the various forms of treatment available - including (most importantly) a range of self-help measures to help rebuild the health - before going on to give sensitive tips on how to cope physically, mentally and emotionally with this invisible disease, in a fluent, positive and immensely readable way. 'Living with Fibromyalgia' - and fighting back too, in fact. I was particularly pleased to find a chapter on 'complementary therapies', and also one on diet - the foundation to fighting any disease, in my opinion. A really 'holistic' and informative book, which I cannot recommend too highly. Thankyou, Christine!

5-0 out of 5 stars The definitive fibromyalgia self-help guide
As the author of Living with Fibromyalgia, I am testament to my self-help approach. Five years ago I was almost permanently bed-bound and in terrible pain. My husband had to do everything for me, including feeding me, washing me and brushing my hair. However, I am now able to sit at my computer for four hours a day, I can do light jobs around the house, I can take short walks, and I have much of my social life back! Unfortunately, substantial improvements are not gained via the doctor's prescription pad, they depend largely upon the individual's own efforts and choices. The book, then, carries the very latest research findings. It also considers the possible causes of the condition. The style and format not only ensure readers secure a better understanding of fibromyalgia, but also that they will learn how best to reduce the effects of the condition. Areas covered are the disorders commonly associated with fibromyalgia; medication; diet and the digestive system - including how chronic candida infections can cause many fibromyalgia symptoms; posture and exercise; complementary therapies known to be useful in treating the condition; pain management techniques, and finally a sensitive chapter addressing in detail the emotional consequences of fibromyalgia and how best to deal with them. The book has been endorsed by leading fibromyalgia experts in the UK. ... Read more

23. The New Fibromyalgia Remedy: Stop Your Pain Now with an Anti-Viral Drug Regimen
by Daniel C. Dantini MD
Paperback: 160 Pages (2008-01-01)
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Asin: 1886039844
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Debilitating pain and tenderness in muscles, ligaments, and tendons are the typical symptoms of fibromyalgia, and this guide by a medical researcher of the disease dismisses traditional treatment—heat, exercise, and rest—in favor of antiviral medications that often provide immediate relief and eventual complete recovery. Offering new hope for advances in treatment, the discussion covers the difficulty of diagnosing fibromyalgia, the overlaps with chronic fatigue syndrome, the unrelatedness of arthritis, and the possibility that food allergies may trigger attacks. Patient success stories along the way encourage readers while data samples, references, and appendices provide clinical details.
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4-0 out of 5 stars I called Dr. Dantini
I am currently working with Dr.Dantini.He has diagnosed me with 2 viruses that are active in my body.I'm going to go to my regular doctor and discuss the antiviral protocol with her.His book makes just as much sense as any other fibro book, and actually more.I'm glad I bought the book and called him.It wasn't that expensive to talk to him.I think I paid about $140.00 total. Over the years, I've spent thousands of dollars trying to feel well.I let you know later if this works for me.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very interesting
I talked to my fibro doctor after reading this book.She told me that they are doing similar studies like the ones referred to in this book at Standford University.There must be something to this.I am trying the treatment and so far so good.

5-0 out of 5 stars The New Fibromyalgia Remedy
I like how Dr Dantini speaks in plain english and establishes that this is a "real" disease.I also liked the food allergy aspect as part of the therapy.We are what we eat!

5-0 out of 5 stars Don't Knock it Till You Try It!A Patient's Comments.
If you have not read The New Fibromyalgia Remedy, or given the protocol a try, then you are not serious about feeling better.I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 1983 and although in serious pain had no desire to become a test subject for MD's with no answers. Therefore, I coped. I took no medications. I filled my library with books on the subject. Soon, they all began to sound the same. Everyone had a theory. Then I finally became bedridden with pain and fatique, an unacceptable position for someone doing physical labor running a horse farm. Dr. Dantini's book came out last year and I can't begin to tell you how exciting it was to read of the food/viral connection.His rationale made more sense to me than anything I had read in the past, so I picked up the telephone for a long distance appointment. He's easy to talk to because he has been there himself. My tests came back positive to just about everything. With Dr. Dantini's help and my attention to following directions, guess what? I have my life back!

4-0 out of 5 stars The New Fibromyalgia Remedy
The New Fibromyalgia Remedy presents quite an intriguing concept about the cause of Fibromyalgia. The author is an Ear, Eye, Nose and Throat Specialist who has noticed some interesting trends among his patients with chronic fatigue and pain. His findings are based upon the premise that certain viral infections (in particular, Epstein-Barr Virus, Cytomeglovirus, Herpesvirus 6, and Parvovirus) often cause symptoms similar to those experienced by those individuals diagnosed with Fibromyalgia.

It would seem that these very common viral infections have the ability to stay within the human body unnoticed for years. In fact, the majority of the population probably has a number of like entities in their system. According to the author's theory, for those that suffer with Fibromyalgia these infections get triggered and attack the system again and again, with each new flare up.

Treating these viral infections at each onset seems to have some potential. This is especially true when delayed (hidden cumulative) food allergies issues are also addressed. Unfortunately, at this time, the relief is temporary as 90% of patients have repeated relapses. ... Read more

24. Freedom from Fibromyalgia : The 5-Week Program Proven to Conquer Pain
by Nancy Selfridge, Franklynn Peterson
Paperback: 272 Pages (2001-05-08)
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Asin: 0812933753
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Free yourself from pain in just five weeks!

If you’re one of the millions of people who suffer from fibromyalgia, you’re all too familiar with the excruciating pain, overwhelming fatigue, and, in severe cases, total incapacitation that this disorder brings. Here at last, from a physician who specializes in treating fibromyalgia, is a clinically proven program that can free you from pain and other symptoms in as little as five weeks -- without drugs, supplements, or special diets.

Freedom from Fibromyalgia presents Dr. Selfridge’s highly effective mind-body approach, organized in a step-by-step, week-by-week program anyone can follow:
*Week 1: Plan to heal
*Week 2: Show your brain and body who’s boss
*Week 3: Teach your brain and body to live with rage
*Week 4: Time to start feeling really good again
*Week 5: How to make freedom from fibromyalgia last

Filled with helpful examples and the voices of patients who have found freedom from fibromyalgia through Dr. Selfridge’s program, this book will put you on the path to lasting healing. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars decent book on fibromyaliga
this is a decent book on fibromyalgia.....but I think there are newer ones that are a bit better than this

5-0 out of 5 stars Thank you for this book!!!
At last an approach to fibromyalgia that doesn't treat you like a victim, thank you! After only one week of following the program I feel a relief from the pain.

5-0 out of 5 stars A followup note
I was reading the reviews and thought maybe it was worth mentioning.

I'm the son of the author.Frank did indeed suffer terribly from FM and, in case anyone is wondering, its been 7 years since he wrote this book and I have not heard him complain of the symptoms recurring once in all this time.

I'm sure it won't work for everyone, but it definitely *did* work for him.

1-0 out of 5 stars I think I bought snakeoil
If there's a how to cure book I've read it.So far none of them have worked - including this one.Exercise, eat right, take care of yourself, have a good attitude, meditate.I already do these things, and yes, they do help, but ONLY because those things would help ANYONE.

Do they CURE it?NO.I'm not cured.I have good days, but then BOOM, the pain starts and it is like I'm getting the flu.Nothing will have stressed me out, I won't be 'mad.'

In fact, I'm a pretty happy person with a great life, and a horrid nervous system.I think I bought snakeoil, again.

5-0 out of 5 stars Saved my life!
I spent 18 months seeing 25 doctors, took pain killers, muscle relaxants, sleep meds, anti-depressant, Xanax and kept getting worse. Was unable to sleep, to sit or walk without extremem pain. Quit my job, lost my fiance, ended up hospitalized for severe depression.

Then I got this book, followed it religiously. Now I'm off all medication, quit seeing all doctors, am pain free, sleeping again and have my life back!!! ... Read more

25. 100 Questions & Answers About Fibromyalgia
by Sharon Ostalecki, Martin S. Tamler
Paperback: 144 Pages (2009-05-05)
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Whether you re a newly diagnosed patient, or a friend or relative of someone suffering with Fibromyalgia, this book offers help. 100 Questions & Answers About Fibromyalgia provides authoritative, practical answers to common questions about this condition to help patients and families achieve a greater understanding of all aspects of dealing with fibromyalgia including treatment options, sources of support, and much more. This book is an invaluable resource for anyone coping with the physical and emotional turmoil of this disease. ... Read more

26. Fibromyalgia: A Leading Expert's Guide to Understanding and Getting Relief from the Pain That Won't Go Away
by Don L. Goldenberg
Paperback: 244 Pages (2002-06-15)
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Asin: 039952780X
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Fibromyalgia is indicated by a group of symptoms including chronicgeneralized muscle pain, fatigue, sleep disturbances, headaches, and irritable bowel. But the medicalcommunity is only now putting the pieces together to discover what might cause it-and what will or won't help the millions who suffer from it. This book separates fact from fiction, and addresses causes, symptoms, medication, and natural remedies, using a patient case history to help illustrate each subject. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book for Fibromyalgia Patients
This book is an excellent source of information for anyone with Fibromyalgia, caretakers, and family members of someone suffering this mysterious, horrible, life altering syndrome. I highly recommend it as a must read.

3-0 out of 5 stars good information, but too much filler
Dr. Goldenberg is a legitimate authority on fibromyalgia, and this book does a good job of separating fact from fiction, but the vast majority of the content is annoying stories about his patients and research. I think the intent was to provide examples and provide a cathartic outlet for the reader, but really it is just a waste of time.

However, each chapter has a 1-page summary at the end that tells you almost everything you need to know. You can read these summaries only and get 80% of the valuable content.Nonetheless,I recommend the book because it is one of the few trustworthy sources in a sea of misinformation, scams and outright lies.

Fibro is a very poorly understood disease and many seek to take advantage of it's victims with miracle cures, magic diets, 'alternative' treatments, and so-called 'research.'With Goldenberg, you can trust what he says.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Primer on Fibromyalgia - Highly Recommended!
This book has become my primer on this still somewhat misunderstood invisible ailment. Dr. Goldenberg, an internationally respected leading expert offers no "magic bullet." There simply isn't one. What he does offer is understanding of the many ways in which fibromyalgia can present in each individual through case overviews gleaned from his vast experience in diagnosing and treating this condition, and what one can do to help oneself.He is candid, realistic and helpful.Each chapter ends with a list of things that are untrue and those that are true, based upon the topic covered in that chapter.
There are many "Aha!" moments in the book where there is an opportunity to recognize in someone else what is familiar to the reader who has fibromyalgia.It would also be helpful to family members and friends who might want/need a better understanding of fibromyalgia.
I highly recommend this book.

3-0 out of 5 stars NOT what I expected
In 1996, fibromyalgia researcher, I. Jon Russell and Jenny A. Fransen put together the Fibromyalgia Help Book.Their book ex-plained--as much as possible--an illness that has no known cause and therefore no known treatment.
Dr. Russell is one of the handfull of researchers who are looking for the answers.Accordingly, his book began by explaining in simple terms what seems to be happening within the fibromyalgia patient's body.
He talked about the antidepressants that seem to lessen the pain of fibromyalgia.And then he went on. He told us about all the interconnecting systems in the body that work differently in a fibromyalgia patient's body.He talked about the exciting neurological, hormonal, enzymatic, cycles that just don't work the same old way in a fibro patient's body.
Russell acknowledged that the tricyclic andidepressants and selective seritonin reuptake inhibitators that are standard first treatments may not relieve all symptoms all of the time.Accordingly, he mentioned some of the other drugs that practicioners have found help with individual symptoms.
Finally, Russell showed us the way new research is bringing us more and more information about fibromyalgia, and suggest treatment and management options for the future.
I expected THIS book, written by a similarly-credentialed doctor who is right in there treating fibromyalgia patients and studying them would pick up where the Russell/Fransen book left off.I expeced a short description of what fibromyalgia is and is not.I expected to see tender-point diagrams.I expected a human touch, since Dr. Goldenberg's wife has fibromyalgia.
Most importantly, I expected to have the continuation of the research information last heard of in 1996 in the Russell/Fransen book.Why is there more Substance P in patients' spinal cords--but not in their brains?Can we neutralize the Substance P and remove pain?
The book I just read would be a good start for a newly diagnosed person with fibromyalgia.It is warm, human, and factual.From the viewpoint of someone who has lived with this disease for 30 years, Dr. Goldenberg's introduction smells of sugar coating and looks like rose-colored glasses.I expected more meat and less froth from one of fibromyalgia's principal researchers.
It has been six years since the Russell book was published. Isn't it time to pick up the thread and explain what has been found since then.Wasn't Dr. Goldenberg the person to write it?

5-0 out of 5 stars Very good information, I have this illness,great book!
I wrote the book -beyond the dark cloud,road to recovery from chronic fatigue and immune dysfunction.I know how much work it takes to write a book,I do feel that DR. Goldenberg,went beyond just writing this book, he also feels for any one who has this devastating illnes and really wants to help others.By reading this fine book,I did feel I know DR. Goldenberg,because he also puts his heart into it.Thank you DR. Goldenberg for writing this wonderful book.Thea Schlosser,author,founder of chronic fatigue,and immune dysfunction media awarness,board member of the anty aging network,staffwriter for the ,international councel for freedom of health. ... Read more

27. Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Seven Proven Steps to Less Pain And More Energy
by Fred Friedberg
Paperback: 181 Pages (2006-06)
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If you're struggling with fibromyalgia or CFS, this book can help you. It offers an evidence-based improvement program that can help you achieve a healthy balance between activity, rest, and leisure-a balance that can significantly reduce pain and fatigue and increase your energy. In this book, author Fred Friedberg, a clinical psychologist and a leading researcher in chronic fatigue, first explains how lifestyle impacts the severity and persistence of fibromyalgia and CFS. He then goes on to show how the seven step lifestyle balance program can help you to function and feel better.In step one, you'll learn how to use active relaxation techniques to lessen ongoing stress. Better sleep, anger management, and activity pacing make up steps two, three, and four. Step five focuses on overcoming worry and guilt, and you'll learn how low-effort pleasurable activities can ease pain and fatigue in step six. Finally, in step seven, the importance of finding and maintaining personal support is covered. This effective lifestyle-focused program has brought relief to many others like you who have struggled with these misunderstood illnesses-illnesses that modern medicine cannot cure. You can start on the path to a better quality of life today! ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Blaming the victim
Attributing an illness to a "personality type" has as much validity as blaming evil spirits or original sin. Whether you believe in karma, voodoo, or "personality types", the fact is that none of these cause diseases. So, why does Fred Friedberg claim on page 24 that those who have CFS and FM are "hard driving" individuals, whose character traits "play an important role in the onset and persistence of these illnesses"? This is pure hogwash. If a "hard driving" personality can cause CFS, what is the character trait of people who get the flu? How about the character trait of oysters that get cancer? Do they have "overbooked lives"? Think about it for a minute.

Equally silly is the claim that "stress" causes CFS/FM. The studies that Friedberg cites, in which people with CFS reported "stress" in the year before falling ill, have no control groups. If you asked any random group of Americans if they experienced "stress" during the previous year, 90% of them would say "yes." Stress, particularly physical stress, will worsen CFS, but this has nothing to do with causation. (Diseases are not caused by stress. They are caused by pathogens.)

In 2006, when this book was published, CFS had long been established as a neuro-immunological illness with a viral etiology. But while Friedberg mentions that overactivity in the RNase L pathway (indicative of viral infections) is linked to CFS symptoms, he then goes on to claim that correcting "personality traits" can lessen the severity of the illness. Friedberg's ability to talk out of both sides of his mouth is only matched by his disregard for basic biology. The failure of Cognitive Behavior Therapy to improve a single CFS symptom stands as proof that viruses don't give a hoot about personality factors.

The truly ironic thing about this book is that it was published the same year that Sophia Mirza died of CFS. Hers was the first recorded death in the UK officially attributed to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. But in reality Sophia was killed by psychologists who stuck her in a mental institution rather than treat her illness. Sophia's autopsy revealed damage to 80% of the dorsal ganglia in her spinal column due to widespread inflammation. (Damage to the dorsal ganglia would account for most CFS symptoms.) Perhaps Fred can explain how a "type A personality" can destroy 80% of a person's spinal cord. (No doubt he'd claim the destruction was due to "catastrophizing.")

If you have been diagnosed with CFS, don't waste your energy reading this book. Get a copy of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Treatment Guide instead. And, for the sake of your health, avoid pop psychologists.

5-0 out of 5 stars Learning to Live With My Limitations
I got hold of this book by chance; a friend of mine had seen an article on it along with an interview of the author and it was given as a gift to me. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia almost ten years ago after some back surgeries and subsequent infections. Like everyone else who deals with Chronic Fatigue or Fibro, I refused to believe that it would limit me in any way. But as the years went by, I went from rebelling to retreating into my house and not participating in life. I had to stop working. I couldn't participate in my kids school trips or PTA as I had before. I couldn't run/walk/jog/bike/hike like I had. How could I do anything but give up?

This book was a light for me in what I thought would be the dismal remaining years of my life. It gave me basic, good information to increase my overall health, stamina and ensure that I was at the most fit I could be despite the constraints of my illness. I would recommend that any person newly diagnosed, or even, as in my case, any person that has had a chronic fatiguing illness for years, should have this book in their library.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not much help for me , I'm afraid
I really didn't see much in this book that I didn't see on the CFS web site or the CDC or pro health web sites.

I'll grant you, I am quite ill with both FMS and CFS , absolutely homebound with the CFS, so maybe I'm not grasping all the author is trying to convey.

Maybe if ever I don't feel so foggy or even as debilitated as I do now, I will reread this book and find what I so obviously missed.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not much new...
There is not much new in this book for a long-time FM patient like me.I was disappointed.I expected a newly-published book to contain more new information.

5-0 out of 5 stars Real help for CFS/FM sufferers. An awesome book!
I have had CFS/FM for 18 years. I was 29 when it first hit me. I have suffered incredibly all these years. Relapse and recessions over and over again. I've been unable to work. Been in denial all these years, beating myself up thinking it will one day just disappear. Put my life on hold. Felt guilty I wasn't able to socialize as I wanted etc. I have been feeling pretty hopeless after another bad bout. Then, this book was given to me as a gift.Dr. Friedberg, who also, has CFS and suffered for many years, writes in an easy to understand format, with compassion and experience of discovering how to cope with CFS and lead a happier life. The 7 steps DO work! I highly recommend reading it or give it to someone you love you has it.I have researched tons of things about CFS, but I have never understood it like I do now. I have never understood how I can help myself feel better and keep my symptoms at bay. A definite 5 star review. Wonderfully written. ... Read more

28. Living Well with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You...That You Need to Know
by Mary J. Shomon
Paperback: 416 Pages (2004-03)
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A comprehensive guide to the diagnosis and treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia -- vital help for the millions of people suffering from pain, fatigue, and sleep problems

An estimated 6 million Americans suffer from fibromyalgia and 800,000 have chronic fatigue syndrome. Both conditions are characterized by severe and widespread pain, debilitating fatigue, and difficulty with concentration and memory. Getting diagnosed can be particularly difficult, and patients must then navigate conflicting information and the latest fads in order to choose from among dozens of treatment options.

In her trademark accessible, easy-to-follow style, patient advocate Mary J. Shomon explores these often confusing conditions, highlighting the pros and cons of conventional and alternative approaches, giving you tips for developing a recovery plan, and providing clear direction and solutions for sufferers of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia.

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5-0 out of 5 stars ALOT of GREAT INFORMATION!!
I had borrowed this book from the library, but when I saw it on Amazon for a reasonable price, I bought it and returned the one to the library.I wanted to be able to refer to it over and over, as I have been recently diagnosed and have several different books that I am reading and like to compare information in them.I knew this would be a good book before I purchased it, because I really liked it when I got it from the library.Anyone with FM or symptoms suggesting they may have it should buy this book.If you do have FM or something like it, you know sitting at the computer for any length of time can be very painful, whereas if you have the book, you can sit in your comfy chair, bed, or wherever is the most comfortable for you.I HIGHLY recommend this book!Just make sure you have a pen or pencil and paper clips to mark pages and paragraphs you will want to refer back to.It's full of valuable information!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I can't say enough about this book.Since the moment I have received this book for my wife she hasn't put the book down.It is really helping me and her cope with the fact that she has CFS and Fibromyalgia.I would recommend this to everyone who needs help understanding this.[...].

5-0 out of 5 stars My favorite book in my CFIDS/Fibro "library"
I run a support group for CFIDS and Fibromyalgia and this is the first book I recommend to people. I have read MANY books on the illnesses over the past few years since I was first diagnosed, and I always come back to this one!It's my favorite book in my CFIDS/Fibro "library" I ahve accumulated.I also recommend Mary Shomon's books on thyroid disorders.

2-0 out of 5 stars Too complicated
The book is extremely well written. However, I had a hard time understanding everything because of the medical words being used.

1-0 out of 5 stars not helpful
I don't believe in writing negative reviews unless they're really useful.I ordered this book based on all the good things I'd read about it.As I read it I wondered if these reviewers had read the same book!It's a dense and not terribly readable listing of all the readily researched material on CFS and fibromyalgia.Nothing in it is helpful. ... Read more

29. Fibromyalgia: Simple Relief through Movement
by Stacie L. Bigelow
Paperback: 144 Pages (2000-05-25)
list price: US$16.95 -- used & new: US$3.45
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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This caring and knowledgeable guide can

help you feel better—starting now

Fibromyalgia causes muscle stiffness and pain, debilitating fatigue, and numerous other symptoms. Most frustrating of all, people with fibromyalgia syndrome don’t look sick; standard tests for injury or chemical imbalances often show nothing wrong. But if you suffer from fibromyalgia, you know that your disease is real, and so is your pain. It’s natural to feel discouraged—but don’t give up! In Fibromyalgia: Simple Relief through Movement, Stacie L. Bigelow—a motivational health counselor and FMS sufferer herself—gives hope to everyone with fibromyalgia with a simple program designed to help you benefit from the one thing that is known to help: movement.

"The most important key to managing muscles affected by fibromyalgia," writes Bigelow, "is to keep them moving." Drawing on new medical understanding of fibromyalgia as well as her patients’ and her own experiences, she explains what the disease is and how to implement an effective plan. She shows you:

  • Why traditional exercise programs are not for you
  • Which activities will reduce your pain—and which might increase it
  • How to balance your daily needs for healing rest and movement
  • How (and whether) to use muscle conditioning to decrease pain
  • How to stretch properly to reduce pain
  • How to communicate your needs to family members, coworkers, and health care providers

Presenting clear and specific advice on how to use movement safely and effectively to ease the pain of fibromyalgia, this caring, knowledgeable guide will give you an optimistic new mind-set about your pain, your body, and your future. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Fibromyalgia:Simple Relief through Movement
Excellent book for fibromyalgia sufferers.Since the author is also a fellow fibromyalgic, you are receiving advice from someone who knows in addition to educational information obtained through her profession.The information is provided in common layman's terms and is easy reading.The information is also common sense and assists you with your efforts to manage your fibromyalgia, instead of "it" managing you.I have recommended this book to other fibromyalgics and they loved the book as well.Fibromyalgics need to educate themselves about this condition in order to continue living their lives as normal as possible, so do not rely solely on this book, but it should definitely be included in your fibromyalgia library.

3-0 out of 5 stars Soothing and validating
This book is helpful if you feel guilty about not pushing through pain.It reminds me to be careful.The suggestions for weight lifting are very good.I would buy a used copy because it is not worth the money for the information you get from the book.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must read for fibromites and their loved ones
This book offers sound advice on living with fibromyalgia.I am not saying that it is easy because it is NOT!But, the author has a point, you have to do some kind of movement every day.Every single day whether you feel like it or not.We aren't talking running marathons here, but movement is crucial to keeping the fibro body from becoming stiff and more fatigued.Other books such as Starlanyl's books are great for more comprehensive information.Additionally, Merek's book "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and Other Invisible Illnesses" was one of the first fibro books I read and I found it very helpful as well.This book, however, I would recommend as a first read, followed by Markek's book and rounded out with Starlanyl's detailed books.

5-0 out of 5 stars Immediate relief the first day!
Because we are all dynamic, incredibly complex beings, as different from each other as we could possibly be, naturally, with any health issue, from a common cold to schizophrenia, different medications & different therapies work better or worse {or not all} for different people.

With that caveat, and as anyone with FM would tell you, when you've tried everything else, it won't hurt {much more} to try this.

I was one of those who listened to my doctor & jumped right into low-impact aerobics. After a week I would have welcomed death, both his and mine.

I opened this book, as I opened a few dozen other books on FM, with a little hope & a lot of cynicism. I've only gotten as far as the illustrated stretches, which I spent an hour on last night, with these results:
...I slept better & more comfortably last night than in recent memory, without feeling as if I were lying on a bed of rocks;
...I didn't wake up & take inventory of aches & pains that were about to ruin my day;
...I didn't have to spend 10 minutes trying to nerve myself up to get out of bed, with dread at facing another new day with the same old loathing for my body & its lack of cooperation;
...I didn't have to prioritize my entire day based on my pain level, knowing I would feel up to only 1 or 2 small tasks, & trying to decide if I would be able to shower AND still go to my son's school play.

I feel looser in my muscles & joints, clearer in my head, more optimistic about life in general & in my ability to stay this particular course with, well, maybe not grace, but at least without constantly living on the edge of desperation & depression, not living but just putting one foot in front of the other & not looking any further ahead than the next painful step.

Overall - the best investment of time & money I've ever made. It's early days, but I finally feel ready to look forward to the future.

2-0 out of 5 stars Nothing I don't know about already.
This book was not helpful at all to me.I basically have a good working knowledge about fibromyalgia and this book offered no new helpful advice; in fact, it seems to be very outdated.The author basically speaks about her own actual experience.I would try another book rather than this one, probably a book written in 2005. ... Read more

30. The Fibromyalgia Relief Handbook
by Chet Cunningham
Paperback: 216 Pages (2003-06)
list price: US$14.95 -- used & new: US$4.50
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Asin: 1887053131
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Get Fibromyalgia Relief (FMS)– Natural Solutions

If you experience symptoms like chronic muscle and joint pain, all-encompassing fatigue, tender spots, memory or concentration problems, sleep difficulty, headaches, sensitivity to temperature, or numbness, tingling or burning sensations, you may suffer from Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS).Now a book, The Fibromyalgia Relief Handbook, can provide help.

The book reveals the latest facts on fibromyalgia – the symptoms, potential causes, and available treatments, including medical, alternative and all-natural methods. You'll discover ways to get relief from symptoms.Learn how to better manage "tender spot" pain.Discover ways for dealing with irritable bowel and bladder problems.Find out how to get welcome rest and sleep.

The book give you details about what foods can help and the foods that you should avoid.It tells you about the importance and types of vitamin and mineral supplements that can support your health. It shows you what special herbs and homeopathic remedies have helped other FMS sufferers.

You will discover alternative methods that can bring soothing relief.Learn about how acupuncture, message therapy, and relaxation are being used to get comfort.The book gives details about the importance of exercise and simple ways to do it.It reveals why stretching exercises can help and gives you easy-to-do techniques to get started.

The book is complete resource on FMS.It shows how to overcome the challenges of FMS at work, while traveling, and at home.It gives you vital information about personal issues including denial, anger, depression, and acceptance.It offers encouragement and answers on how you can get support.

There is no known cure for FMS.However, there are many ways to manage the pain, fatigue and other symptoms – many of which you can do on your own with amazing results.Here are what actual readers are saying…"After following the book’s tips, my pains have eased" says a woman reader.From another, "I now sleep all night."And from this woman: "My doctor is baffled! The unrelenting pain is gradually ceasing."

Learn about FMS and ways that you can improve your day-to-day quality of life. ... Read more

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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.

3-0 out of 5 stars While not the best book, it's certainly a good introduction to new patients
This book is on the old side - there has been a lot of great and amazing research since it was first published. However, it can provide patients that have just been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia a good, basic understanding of what they are facing. It should not be considered to be a complete reference.

1-0 out of 5 stars The original "it's all in your head theory"
This book is a slap in the face to anyone with FMS. The author is either completely uneducated about FMS, or has decided that his personal views, misguided, uninformed and biased, are correct and the leading experts are idiots.
PLEASE DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK. It will leave you depressed and confused, wondering why you don't feel better after a hot shower (his idea of "pain relief"). This book perpetuates the old stereotypes that FMS is "psychosocial", caused by "stress".
He suggests hypnotherapy and "laugh therapy". His extremely small section on pain control recommends Tylenol or aspirin, and claims narcotics are only for "extreme" cases, and then only for short periods. "The patient who uses narcotics for pain must then expand her activity in exercise and motion to justify the pain remedy". Justify to who?
Please read instead books by actual Physicians, experts, or someone who actually has FMS. This guy has no credentials, has not done any research, has not even interviewed experts in the field. He read a few books, and then proceeded to write his own version of what FMS is and to treat it. This is a 1950's view of the world. He suggests you bring laundry to the living room so "now you can fold the clothes at leisure while you watch a soap".
I could write an entire book on how this book is inaccurate, insulting, and just plain wrong. You be better asking a stranger off the street for advice than reading this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars You Won't Find a Better "Relief Handbook"
I have suffered the painful symptoms of fibromyalgia for 7 years.But thanks to The Fibromyalgia Relief Handbook I am free of symptoms.No more muscle pain, no more "hurting all over" no more sleepless nights.I feel like a new person.How did this miracle happen? I simply followed a few simple relief tips covered in the book.Simple tips like adding certain nutrients to my diet and eliminating specific foods.What's more the book is written in plain, simple English.

5-0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive
This book is one of the most helpful for those with fibromyalgia.Chet Cunningham is not out to sell you one specific treatment.He gives you information on many many different ideas and suggestions for you to review and try.This is very helpful because no one treatment is going to help every single person.Another great thing about this book is that he writes it in a simple fashion.So, if you suffer from fibro fog you can still understand what he is telling you! I highly recommend this book to people with fibromyalgia, I doubt you will regret reading it. ... Read more

31. The Good Living With Fibromyalgia Workbook: Activites for a Better Life (Guide to Good Living Series)
by Bethany Afshar
Paperback: 177 Pages (2002-04-25)
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Asin: 0912423358
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Hands-on activities and exercises for understanding and managing Fibromyalgia. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Good for the newly diagnosed.
Workbook would be excellent for someone newly diagnosed or not up to date on treatment options. Very little new information for an old timer like me (diagnosed in 1992) who is always searching for the latest information. ... Read more

32. Women Living with Fibromyalgia
by Mari Skelly, Kelley Blewster
Paperback: 256 Pages (2001-10-10)
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Asin: 0897933427
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Although fibromyalgia is a real neurological condition, it is not uncommon for FM suffers to be treated as if "it's all in your head." Support, understanding and even basic information can be hard to come by for those coping with the intense pain and fatigue of this debilitating chronic illness, as well as the grief, anger and isolation that often accompany it's onset.

Women Living with Fibromyalgia offers insight and practical advice to help suffers alleviate the symptoms of FM and manage its impact on their lives, relationships and careers.

Women from all walks of life share their experiences and the lessons they've learned about fibromyalgia. By exploring how FM affects women's health, spirituality and the roles they play in their families and in the world, this book can help its readers create new and rewarding lives even as they cope with the loss of an old one. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great price for a book in great condition
The majority of the book entails synopsis of women's life coping mechanism with the condition of FMS. Would have liked a more informative type of booklet but was good to realize one is not alone.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Good Read
For those diagnosed with fibro or who have a family member or friend with fibro, this is a good read.Because contributions are made from women who have fibromyalgia, their suggestions and comments are real life, things we can put into practice.It is a lot more applicable than others I have read.

4-0 out of 5 stars I'm glad I'm reading it
I was introduced to this book by my fiance (now my husband), who bought it for himself - to read and understand what I'm going through and to better help me. He urged me to read it, too, but I did not want to learn anything about it, mostly because much of what I've read before contained so much 'doom and gloom'.
I'm so glad that I am reading it now, and like the previous reviewer, I was overcome with emotion to see myself continually, not realizing just how many symptoms I just chalked up to being 'normal', or the "course of time". But as my symptoms became more constant and more severe this past year, it was time to understand just what was going on and I found so much reassurance in seeing that so many others experience these bizarre happenings within their bodies, too.
Although I have not finished the book yet, I do want to add this: I am surprised to not see more mention of just how much dietary and lifestyle changes make a huge difference, and strongly urge people to look at those in the Raw Food lifestyle who can testify to the change in their health. See Nomi Shannon's website, for example: http://www.rawgourmet.com/gourmet.html whose Raw Gourmet book is sold on Amazon, as well as many others.
You CAN become well or at the very least MUCH, much better.
And you can take control back, and do so naturally.
I recommend this book for your family and friends to read, as few people really understand, and this book is very helpful.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is me!
When I started reading this book, I began to cry. I saw myself over and over again. And it is so comforting to know I am not the only person feeling this way, hurting this much. I am not quite finished yet, but so far I have learned so much I didn't know and also found suggestions for coping I hadn't encountered. Now if someone could only come up with a cure!

1-0 out of 5 stars Angry and Disappointed
My hope when I bought this book was that I would find inside it encouragement and helpful advice. The author presents a very biased sample of women who I do not believe are representative of the greater population of people with fibromyalgia.Most (thought not all) of the women in this book identify themselves as sick and disabled, have stopped working and many come off as feeling sorry for themselves.I believe one can have a medical condition without being "sick" all the time.I also think that a lot of the people who are disabled by FM also have other diseases and those are likely more resposible for the disability than the FM alone.The general information about the syndrome contained in this book is available elsewhere and indeed is not the purpose of the book, but the women's stories did not provide me with the kind of information and support I was looking for.For example, 50 women listing all the medications they take or have tried tells me nothing.And I felt I was being more encouraged to go on disability after reading this book than I did to go on with my life.This condition is painful, annoying and distracting but it is not a death sentence. ... Read more

33. Hope and Help for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia (Second Edition) (Hope & Help for)
by Russell Howe, Alan Logan, Alison Bested
Paperback: 288 Pages (2008-10-01)
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Asin: 1581826702
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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It has been said that chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia (CFS/FM) are like the old Indian story of the blind men and the elephant. As the men felt various parts of the elephant, they described it as a snake, a brush, a tree, or a wall, depending on which part they had touched. Each thought of the elephant in terms of his own experience, mistaking part of the elephant for all of it. Likewise, everybody working with chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia has a piece of the puzzle, but much work remains to be done before a complete picture emerges.

Hope and Help for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia is designed to educate patients suffering from CFS/FM about their illnesses and to teach them coping skills that will improve their quality of life. And while the good news is that people who suffer from CFS/FM aren't dying, they bad news is that it's going to take a lot of time and effort to get better since there is no one specific treatment that works for everyone.

Some of the issues covered are:

  • Understanding the symptoms and how diagnoses are made
  • Causes of CFS/FM and common psychological consequences, including anxiety and depression
  • The role of stress and how to manage it
  • The connection between the mind and the body in coping with CFS/FM
  • The potential of medications, nutrition, and lifestyle changes
  • The role of complementary medications and dietary supplements in pain management
  • The value and limitations of alternative or complementary therapies such as acupuncture, massage, homeopathy, and aromatherapy
  • Legal issues about how to deal with medical and legal problems that may arise if insurance benefits have been stopped
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5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful overall discussion of the illness and healing ideas!
Hope and Help for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia (Second Edition) (Hope & Help for)

I've had this illness for 20 years and have, during this time, read any new information that comes out. I'm currently beginning to see a doctor in Dr Nancy Klimas' clinic at the University of Miami Medical Center and she recommended this book. It was easy to read but packed with information. Even though I knew much of it, having it all together in one place was extremely helpful, all the way down to charts for making sure you build in your rest periods to treatment options to supplements that help to research to alternative therapies. I would recommend this to anyone with CFS or Fibromyalgia.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good information
Good overview of available treatment options for FMS and CFS. Since they often strike together, it's nice to have information on both in one book. Buyer should remember that not all treatment modalities work for everyone. If read and shared with an open mind this book can be a good way to encourage those who haven't found the right treatment/medication regimen yet to press on until they do.

2-0 out of 5 stars 'CFS' is never fatal, but poeple do die with this diagnosis
Many patients are told 'CFS' is never fatal, and it is why we push ourselves so hard and end up so so ill. (It is a big part of why I am now housebound and bedbound, and ridiculously ill.) Some of us even die.

Of course 'CFS' isn't fatal, but M.E. is and many with M.E. are told incorrectly that what they have is 'CFS.'

'CFS' however isn't just a misdiagnosis for M.E. patients, it's a misdiagnosis for everyone, always.

Illnesses most often misdiagnosed as 'CFS' include Lyme disease, vitamin deficiencies, cancer, MS, Bechet's disease, thyroid and adrenal illnesses, FM and so on.

Many of the illnesses misdiagnosed as 'CFS' are testable and treatable...but only once patients and their doctors ditch the useless 'CFS' misdiagnosis. Many illneses can also be very serious or fatal if not correctly diagnosed and treated, and this includes Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. (M.E. is NOT the same thing as 'CFS'!)

Please, if you have a 'CFS' (mis)diagnosis, do everything you can to find your correct diagnosis, do not accept 'CFS' ever as an end point to the process of diagnosis.

Some of the diseases misdiagnosed as 'CFS' ARE fatal despite what this book claims. All patients given this misdiagnosis need a corect diagnosis and treatment finally. The needless deaths need to stop!

Jodi Bassett, HFME

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Informative book
This book was the most helpful book I have read on Fibromyalgia.It was a book that was also recommended by my doctor.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hope and Help for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia
A MUST READ!In a personal, informal manner, the authors explain these complex illnesses in layman's language. They offer patients -

HOPE through knowledge and understanding:
* Learn about the exciting advances in research.
* Understand how the mechanisms of multi-system abnormalities cause the array of seemingly unrelated symptoms and how diagnoses are made.
* Learn about the potential benefits and limitations of various mainstream medical and complementary treatments.

HELP through awareness and guidance:
* Become aware of what you can do to help yourself.
* Learn how to improve your quality of life through various life-style changes and Self-Help-Strategies such as pacing and energy conservation, sleep hygiene, pain management and nutritional/dietary support.
* Learn mind-body techniques to lessen stress.
* Become aware of how to deal with disability and associated legal issues.

Authors are experts in their field:
Dr. Alison Bested, a hematological pathologist, is a clinician and medical lecturer specializing in chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and multiple chemical sensitivities.She was a member of the Expert Medical Consensus Panel, selected by Health Canada, which developed the Canadian Consensus Document for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.She played a key role in the implementation of a billing code and time-based billing for chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia by the Ontario Medical Association.Dr. Alan Logan is a graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and Mind-Body Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He has published numerous papers and is the Nutrition Editor of the International Journal of Naturopathic Medicine.Mr. Russell Howe is a well-known attorney who specializes in medical disability cases.

Hope and Help for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia is a valuable and uplifting patients' resource, which we are pleased to advertise on our website!

Marjorie van de Sande, B Ed, Grad Dip Ed
Consensus Coordinator for Canadian Consensus Documents for ME/CFS and FMS
National ME/FM Action Network, Advisor & Webmaster
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34. Living with Fibromyalgia
by Dean L Mondell, Patti Wright
Paperback: 304 Pages (2005-03-29)
list price: US$19.95 -- used & new: US$4.75
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Asin: 007145148X
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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A clear, four-step plan to overcoming fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a widespread musculoskeletal pain and fatigue disorder that afflicts nearly 10 million Americans--mostly women. Written by a fibromyalgia sufferer and her doctor, who are collaborators for the Fibromyalgia Friends Support Group, Living with Fibromyalgia provides you with a revolutionary four-step plan to overcoming this debilitating condition.

Although there is no known cause or cure for fibromyalgia, much can be done to relieve the pain. Living with Fibromyalgia lays out a clear strategy and easy-to-follow plan that will help you learn how to adapt to this chronic illness.

The book explores how you can:

  • Find the right care
  • Rebuild your relationships
  • Stabilize stress . . . and more
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1-0 out of 5 stars Not for the single person
This book is definitely intended for those who are married and have families -- indeed, one of the four steps is all about dealing withloved ones and the impact the disease has on them. It might be helpful for those who have a family member with fibromyalgia, but it is USELESS if you are single and live alone, as many of the suggested solutions involve having another member of your household help you. Sadly, my cats refuse to cooperate. Far more helpful is "Fibromyalgia and Chronic Myofascial Pain: A Survival Manual" (2nd ed.) by Devin Starlanyl and Mary Ellen Copeland.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Pragmatic Approach to Fibromyalgia
One of my loved ones suffers from this disease.This book helped me to understand what she is going through.I appreciated its pragmatic approach to living one's life with dignity and overcoming the challenges associated with Fibromyalgia. ... Read more

35. Fibromyalgia Cookbook: A Daily Guide to Becoming Healthy Again (Revised Edition)
by Mary Moeller
Paperback: 346 Pages (2009-11-04)
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Asin: 1439245959
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Author Mary Moeller knows all too well the suffering experienced by victims of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. For more than twenty years she experienced the symptoms of both illnesses without a diagnosis. Finally, when diagnosed, she took control of her health and set out to affect a dramatic change in her life. Fibromyalgia Cookbook: A Daily Guide to Become Healthy Again is her gift to every child and adult living with the pain, fatigue, and frustration of these devastating illnesses. Bringing together the expertise of alternative medicine practitioners, she devised a highly practical and comprehensive program of health and nutrition. From understanding the healing process to addressing caregiver issues, health evaluation to sleep and pain aids to reduce suffering, food reviews to simple recipes, following this day-to-day plan will lead to regaining control of one’s life and help restore it to good health. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful
This book was extremely helpful for me due to the fact that I have a lot of fibro fog and very low energy.The day to day lists in this book help me stay focused and on track with the things that help me feel better.The title is misleading, but I had read the description of the book provided by amazon.com, therefore, I was aware of what the book was really about before I bought it.The book is very simple, which is a help for those with fibro because it is easy to get overwhelmed and confused. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to take an aggressive stance on their health, but needs some guidance and a format to follow.

1-0 out of 5 stars What a disappointment!
This book must have been so easy to write - virtually the same set of words on each and every page. Why not simply say try to cut down on caffeine, carbonated drinks, alcohol, chocolate, cigarettes and refined sugars? I had already cut out the above, so the book was no good for me at all. I was looking for recipes and advice regarding the foods I need to eat to help reduce my symptoms - but the book contains not a word about healing foods! The book will be useful to stumulants addicts only. Very amateurishly-written, too, I might add.

3-0 out of 5 stars Title Misnomer
Upon first skimming through this book I was surprised and angry that it was not a "cook book" as the title suggests.After thinking about it and checking the contents out, I realized that the book is going to be a help in gaining control of the symptoms of the syndrome.I think that the author could have selected a more appropriate title for the book to better guide the buyer to information that is exactly what they are looking for.

4-0 out of 5 stars "The journey of many miles stars with the first step".
This is a small book, but it holds a big message.. self-empowerment. Found that by following day by day I began to feelthat yes, I could get a handle on things and yes I didn't have to be a passive "partner in my own "healing". It is a good place to start, if you've gotten all the clinical info, but need to know what to do next.

1-0 out of 5 stars No Cookbook in Fibromyalgia
The titile of this book is a misnomer. A cookbook entails a list of recipes. There is not one recipe or even a selection of certain types foods available to help fight fibromyalgia. It was completely useless to me as itonly included what most of us already know about fibromyalgia diet, such asavoiding caffeine. The lists and diary type incluseion for each day couldbe done on a simple lined tablet. Ifg the book had been entitledFibromyalgia Diet it might have helped mitigate my dissapointment in it,but Fibromyalgia Cookbook it is not. ... Read more

36. Healing Fibromyalgia
by David H. Trock, Frances Chamberlain
Paperback: 256 Pages (2007-04-27)
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Asin: 0471724289
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Finally----an effective approach to fibromyalgia treatment and recovery!

"Healing Fibromyalgia is a must for the person with fibromyalgia. Dr. Trock has listened to the needs of his patients and has responded with a clear and concise book that explains the problem and provides solutions to living with fibromyalgia--highly recommended as a guide to recovery!"
--Denise L. Taylor-Moon, former Director of Outreach for the Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center at the University of Michigan

Healing Fibromyalgia: The Three-Step Solution is not just another book telling you how to live with fibromyalgia--it's a guide for enjoying life fully without it. Exciting new findings and effective new therapies make it possible to eliminate the debilitating, intense pain and fatigue of fibromyalgia and reboot your life. This authoritative medical guide gives you the most current and accurate information on fibromyalgia causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments. Healing Fibromyalgia covers vital topics that include:

Common triggers of fibromyalgia, including physical trauma, an infection such as Lyme disease or hepatitis C, emotional upheaval, or chronic daily stress

Finding the right physician--one who will listen to you and work with you

The ideal fibromyalgia work-up--your medical history and physical exam

An integrative approach to recovery that includes traditional medicine, lifestyle modifications, and holistic care

Pharmaceutical and nonpharmaceutical treatments, including dietary supplements, manual therapies, injection treatments, pain-management techniques, and alternative remedies

Useful tools for managing your fibromyalgia

Beneficial lifestyle changes, including exercise and nutrition dos and don'ts

Real-life stories of people who have conquered fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia sufferers have different triggers, different combinations of symptoms, and different routes to successful treatment and healing. This guide helps you find your personal path toward real and lasting relief. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (9)

5-0 out of 5 stars fibromyaligia book
very well written, allot of information, some information helped, would definitly buy again, some information to technical to understand, great doctor if you can see him in person, offers hope where there is little

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book to read
Healing Fibromyalgia is a great book with new information about Cymbalta, including real life examples of how to use it and what to expect. The authors discuss traditional and holistic medicine very nicely.They explain why fibromyalgia happens so clearly, I wish every doctor could read it.

3-0 out of 5 stars Started strong, but then sends mixed messages
My background: An often debilitated Fibromyalgic of 10 years who has tried numerous treatments, supplements, medication, and has done extensive personal research studying the body, mind and how it all works together.

The beginning of the book has a good amount of info detailing the scientific basis of FMS and its triggers, although it is not quite comprehensive. There is a good amount of discussion about tests, overlapping conditions, and interacting with doctors. For the most part, the advice given is sound.

However I got irritated with the mixed messages about medications. Why are doctors still walking on eggshells about properly medicating the FMS patient? FMS has prevented me from gainful employment for the past 2 years, with an overall spotty work history, yet going for a refill of cyclobenzaprine (which I only use during flares, and is the only thing that relieves the extreme torturous pain and muscle tension, thus far) gets me the "junkie glare." That is ridiculous.

Chapter 8, Page 121, "If your doctor has prescribed a drug such as amitriptyline or cyclobenzaprine to make fibromyalgia go away, the results may have already been disappointing." The author's round-about discouraging of cyclobenzaprine usage is irritating, especially since I know personally how cyclo saves me from going to the ER when I am racked with pain and am unable lay down in my bed.

Then we have a chapter telling us to be positive, etc. etc. If the author validates the FMS patient as having a real physiological illness with "damage" to the "central nervous system," then why is he now back to the positive thinking as a cure bit? I've done almost every non-medicinal modality in this book and I'm still unable to work. I lost weight, take supplements, eat right, meditate, do yoga/pilates, trigger point therapy, and other exercises when I am able, and still cannot work. The author alludes that lifestyle changes are going to make it all better without medication. That's just not true for the worst of us. Yes, I am much improved, but it's not enough. It's like asking a Parkinson's patient to think positive, and that will cure their dopamine imbalance. Then we are suddenly back to medications. Ok. So let's see an example of what is recommended. "Best at night - Cyclobenzaprine." More mixed messages.

Overall, the book is generally very supportive of the FMS patient, which is a better step in the right direction. I had higher hopes for this book though. I was really looking forward to an assertive breakthrough treatment plan. I'm tired of hearing how happy thoughts will cure me, or that Fibromyalgia is not a permanent illness. Really? Then let's have the cure now. One can increase their wellness through management, but that is not the same as a cure. Relapses can come very easy. I relapse all the time for every inch of progress I make. The FMS patients threshold is very small. One good medication recommendation is the SNRI class. There have been a lot of fibros getting relief through Cymbalta so I'm going to talk to a doc about testing it.

Chapter 11 is about "putting it all together," offering treatment plans for the different types of triggered FMS. Stress, illness, physical injury. But how about for people like me who have had all of those traumas? We are really in dark waters.

Still though I think that docs and patients should read this book for the overall info, despite the perceived flaws.

Pros: Lots of great scientific info and validated support for the FMS patient. Nice charts.

Cons: Sends mixed messages about medications. Falls back on positive thinking as a "cure."

1-0 out of 5 stars Wish I Could Give It 1/2 A Star!
The only thing I took from this book was that a multi-pronged approach is best.There is no cure for FMS, and I find his suggestion insulting.I am a realistic optimist, not a "pie in the sky" one.To believe is not to receive!I stay positive most of the time, and I'm a calm, mild-mannered person.I have plenty of love in my life, but I am not cured.His "3-Step Solution" is too simplistic.

5-0 out of 5 stars Thank you Dr. Trockfrom Barbara Anzellotti
I read Dr. Trock's book about healing Fibromyalgia after seeing an article about him in a local newspaper. It was the first book I've ever read on Fibro that states even though each patient has different symptoms and stressors, the condition usually stems from previous central nervous system trama or prolonged stress. I was totally impressed by the scope of his knowledge and in my opinion, he has a lot of new and innovative ideas regarding the diagnosis and treatment of this condition. He advocates a complete patient history and physical examination to determine exactly where the problem lies. His solutions for relief and possible cure are multifacited and geared to each specific patient. I had the priviledge of being able to make an appointment to see him, as his practice is located in my home town. He had a kind, sensitive demeanor, and took all the time necessary to listen to me describe my symptons and conduct a full history and physical examination.Apparently, his diagnosis was correct, because in the short time I have been going to him, I feel 100% better. The medication he prescribed has given me a new lease on life and I can now walk without pain and stiffness. I've started doing mild stretching exercises and I can't believe how easily I can get down on the floor and get back up again. I just couldn't do that before. I would recommend Dr. Trock's book to anyone suffering not only from fibromyalgia, but any cronic pain condition. This book is a multi-faceted encyclopedia for pain management and stress relief. I can't recommend it highly enough. Thank you Dr. Trock for giving me back my life! ... Read more

37. Fibromyalgia : A Handbook for Self Care and Treatment
by Janet A. Hulme
Paperback: 231 Pages (2001-01)
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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A comprehensive guide to fibromyalgia, including newsubcategories of symptoms with test and treatment plans for eachcategory.New concepts and research culminate in this book andprovide you with a personally tailored program of diet, exercise,Physiological Quieting, and daily routines to help you feel morerested, energetic and pain free.It is a total program that puts youin control and can help return your body's natural balance, yourmind's mental alertness and your muscle's strength and endurance. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Simple and understandable
After I read the first chapter of this book I felt so empowered and knew I would be able to start living a better life inspite of FMS.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fibromyalgia:A Handbook for Self Care & Treatment
This book addressed many health problems related to fibromyalgia that I have, and THAT MY PHYSICIAN HAD NOT EVEN MENTIONED.In a way, it was a relief to find out that all things are all related because -- and that I am not the hypocondriac that some folks act like I am.The book also had many helpful suggestions and reinforced some things the physical therapist has said.Altogether a very helpful book that is right on point.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for managing your fibro.
I am a Physical Therapist and have found this to be one of the best books for people with fibromyalgia.It has a very simple approach to a daily exercise program which will help deal with your pain.I reccommend it to anyone I know who has fibromyalgia.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hope For Fibromyalgia
This book provided me with tons of useful infomration about the impact of fibromyalgia on my life. For the first time I was able to understand the direct connections between what is going on in my body and how I feel. I liked how the book personalizes the fibromyalgia experience by outlining the different types of fibromyalgia that people experience and then clearly explaining daily treatment approaches. In figuring out what type of fibromyalgia pain I was experiencing I then used the suggestions in the book to create a personalize plan for self-care that is having a positive impact on my life. I recommend this book for anyone who wants information and positive solutions for dealing with fibromyalgia.

5-0 out of 5 stars If you only buy one book on FMS, buy this one.
I have several books.This one explains alot of the things that youalways wanted to know but did think to ask.Things like why you put yourkeys in the frig and butter in your purse. ... Read more

38. The Arthritis Foundation's Guide to Good Living With Fibromyalgia
by Edited by The Arthritis Foundation
Paperback: 200 Pages (2001-05-15)
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Nearly 5 million Americans live with the mysterious chronic illness fibromyalgia, dealing with daily pain, depression, discomfort, and fatigue. Now, they can learn the latest scientific research about their condition, along with ways to treat their symptoms. The Arthritis Foundation's Guide to Good Living with Fibromyalgia, the latest installment in the Arthritis Foundation's "Good Living" series of books, shows people with fibromyalgia ways to self-manage their condition and achieve good living. The Arthritis Foundation's Guide to Good Living with Fibromyalgia is also designed as the companion book to Fibromyalgia Self-Help Courses at the Arthritis Foundation chapters around the country.The Arthritis Foundation's Guide to Good Living With Fibromyalgia includes:

Clear explanations of the latest medical research on fibromyalgia

Ways to achieve an active, fulfilling life through exercise, stress reduction, and positive attitude.

Accurate, practical information on supplements and other alternative therapies for fibromyalgia

Interactive exercises for fighting stress, depression, and other challenges The Arthritis Foundation's Guide to Good Living With Fibromyalgia champions self-management as the key to achieving better overall health and happiness with this chronic condition. ... Read more

39. Alternative Treatments for Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
by Mari Skelly, Helen Walker
Paperback: 288 Pages (2006-08-31)
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Mainstream medicine, however useful in other areas of healing, has failed to effectively treat the complexities of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. This useful book focuses on alternative therapies for these prevalent diseases. Patients from around the world describe their experiences and coping strategies, while dozens of experts in fields ranging from naturopathy, ayurveda, and reflexology, to guided imagery, hypnosis, and guaifenesin therapy, share their knowledge. With 70 percent new material, this guide offers both insight and inspiration for those dealing with these challenging conditions. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (4)

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, Informative, best book on Fibro, ME/CFS, MCS
This book has changed my life already and I am only halfway through reading it. It discusses and confirms what most of us already know, that this condition is real and that is is very difficult to diagnose and to treat. It also discusses the importance of avoiding chemicals and of eating organic foods when we are sick. Also talks about how mold and other environmental toxins can help contribute to this illness. Some of us also have MCS (multiple chemical sensitivity)and this is also discussed a lot too. Also patients other concerns are addressed like Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS), Raynauds Phenomenon and other conditions that are all too common for those of us with these conditions. I am so very thankful for this book, in so many ways!

5-0 out of 5 stars Very good!
I read a lot of books about fibro, but this is one of my preferite. This second edition is very up-to-date and full of information every patient should know!
Highly recomended

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Ms. Skelly accepted questionaires from many people and then culled through them to include the best in her 2nd edition book.Very real.

5-0 out of 5 stars Alternative treatments for Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
My partner has both Fibromyalgia and CFS and this booklet with its fully explained contents on Alternative Treatments has given us a most informative insight into these. In the area we live one of the biggest problems is finding a Doctor thats fully understands and can treat accordingly by using conventional and alternative means. We also do not have a support group in the area and we both have learnt so much in this wonderful book.We can now from the book understand a lot of what has happened almost on a daily basis for my partner as sections in this book are spot on with regular body signs and symptoms. ... Read more

40. Fibromyalgia: A Comprehensive Approach: What You Can Do About Chronic Pain and Fatigue
by Miryam Ehrlich Williamson
Paperback: 228 Pages (1996-08-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Fibromyalgia: A Comprehensive Approach is the first thorough, user-friendly resource that outlines the causes, symptoms, and a full range of treatments for a condition that affects 10 to 12 million Americans. Since fibromyalgia (FM) mimics other illnesses, many people who experience chronic pain and fatigue don't know that they have FM or think they have something else.


Ms. Williamson has gathered information from top medical specialists, research studies, and practical advice form FM sufferers who share their strategies for working around FM's disabling symptoms. You will discover:


* How to find the right doctor

* Which pain medicines and nondrug therapies work best

* The role deep sleep deprivation plays in FM and what you can do to remedy sleep disturbance

* How exercise and nutrition affect FM symptoms

* Massage, meditation, and relaxation techniques that help

* What to watch for in detecting and treating FM in children


Anyone who suffers from FM-- and the more than 15 similar or related illnesses-- knows that the pain is not "all in your head." The symptoms are real, and although there is no cure for FM, this book offers realistic, effective ways to live a full life despite FM.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Replaced my fear with hope
This book was loaned to me by a new friend. After reading through the introduction, I immediately ordered my own copy so that I could highlight and comment in the margins. Those first few pages were exciting! Some how it gave me hope. Before reading the introduction, I honestly felt that I was on the fast-track out of this life. I just couldn't imagine that there was any hope for me.

I was surprised to discover that the other problems that I have suffered with for so many years were really just different expressions of the same thing. Over the years, I had acquired many sleep depriving syndromes such as: Sleep Apnea and Restless Legs Syndrome. My loss of memory and "brain fog" had already destroyed my 30-year career in a fast-paced, technical field. It has led me to permanent disability. I was living in constant fear and depression.

No, this book has not cured anything, but it has helped me to see and understand the view of the entire elephant. The book has given me the hope that no doctor has been able to do before. I appreciate the fact that it is short and easy to read. I also appreciate the real-life, case studies that are sprinkled throughout the book.

It has given me a starting point on my journey to understand and cope with my own, unique case, because none of us experience this villan in the same way.

5-0 out of 5 stars So I'm not crazy after all.
You can't imagine the relief I have felt since I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. I thought since people coudnt' see my symptoms that they thought I was a whiner and just making excuses not to be able to do anything. For ANYONE who has a family/friend or whatever person in their life with this condition, I STRONGLY urge you to buy this book so you can easily understand what this is so as to start helping those who have it. It's a well written book and I was able to relate to it on a grand scale!

This book is a must read for anyone who has been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, or who suspects they may have FMS. When I first read this book, I could not believe how it was describing me in many of the symptomsI have been experiencing.This book has great resources and suggestionsfor how to cope with FM.I refer back to it all the time.Easy tounderstand and very informative.Thank you Miryam for helping me tounderstand this affliction through your book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Must reading for anyone who even suspects fibro!
This book has proven stratagies. I am in at least 50% less pain because of this book. Simple things that you normally wouldn't think of are in this book that can help you! This should be in everyone's book case who has this terrible affliction. There is no definate cure, but you can get your lifeback and this book can help! Great resources, drugs, vitamins, etc.. Greatsuggestions. I was even skeptical at first, but it worked for me and Ithink it will for you if you give it a chance..


5-0 out of 5 stars Maximum help, low level comprehension
I am an RN with FM. I have found Miryam's book to be excellent, no nonsense assistance that can be readily incorporated into everyday life. I keep it in the bathroom to review areas I'm having difficulty with whileI'm "resting". ... Read more

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