Fibromyalgia and Chronic Myofascial Pain: A Survival Manual

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This classic survival manual offers you the first comprehensive patient guide for managing the common but often misdiagnosed conditions of fibromyalgia and chronic myofascial pain. The management techniques found in Fibromyalgia and Chronic Myofascial Pain include targeted bodywork for painful trigger points and strategies to help you cope with the chronic pain, sleep problems, and numbing effects of 'fibrofog' that occur as a result of the disease.

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Overview

This classic survival manual offers you the first comprehensive patient guide for managing the common but often misdiagnosed conditions of fibromyalgia and chronic myofascial pain. The management techniques found in Fibromyalgia and Chronic Myofascial Pain include targeted bodywork for painful trigger points and strategies to help you cope with the chronic pain, sleep problems, and numbing effects of 'fibrofog' that occur as a result of the disease.

This edition includes 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. It includes a popular provider index, which can help you select those practitioners who will take your complaints seriously and offer knowledgeable treatment advice.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Devin Starlanyl has a remarkable determination to help relieve mankind of unnecessary suffering. The guidance in this book an serve both practitioners who have yet to understand the nature of their own musculoskeletal aches and pains, and patients who are unable to find a practitioner adequately skilled in this neglected subject. The message of this book is a voice crying out in a wilderness of neglect.”
—David G. Simons, M.D., Clinical Professor of Medicine at Emory University

“In a 1997 book review, I extolled the extraordinary features of the first edition of Starlanyl and Copeland’s Survival Manual. As caregivers to FMS/MPS patients and sufferers themselves, their advice in the book was superbly tuned to readers’ needs. Now, in this second edition, Starlanyl and Copeland have outshone themselves. Having updated the Survival Manual and enhanced its laudable features, they have made an already valuable book almost priceless.”
—Dr. John C. Lowe, Director of Research, Fibromyalgia Research Foundation, Board Certified, American Academy of Pain Management

“They’ve done it again! This second edition of the Survival Manual is a gold mine of practical advice and scholarly information put into everyday language. This book gives a great many options for all aspects of FMS/CMP and its message is one of hope. An owner’s manual for you, and one that should be required reading for all of your health care providers, this is not a book to be read and crossed off of your list, but a resource to avail yourself of over and over again. The tools are here. Use it yourself and have those close to you read it also.”
—Richard Finn, Director, Academy for Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy, coauthor, Myofascial Pain Syndrome: Manual Trigger Point & S-EMG Therapies

“Devin Starlanyl and her work are incredible resources to the fibromyalgic community. She has tirelessly researched her subject and freely and lovingly shared it with those who have suffered pain and disability.”
—Dr. Craig N. Anderson, D.C., past president of the Vermont Chiropractic Association

Library Journal
An estimated 26 million Americans have either fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS), myofascial pain syndrome (MPS), or both in the form of an FMS/MPS complex. The volume by Starlanyl, a physician who specializes in the research and treatment of FMS/MPS and who has both conditions, and Copeland, a writer and FMS/MPS patient, discuss all aspects of both disorders. They also offer information on the latest medications, tips for bodywork, and suggestions for coping with family and work, getting support, and dealing with the healthcare system. Appendixes include lists of agencies and organizations and of audio and video aids. Both books are recommended for consumer health collections, but if only one can be purchased, Starlanyl and Copeland's work has the edge due to its greater scope and more comprehensive coverage.Janet M. Coggan, Univ. of Florida Libs., Gainesville
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572242388
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
  • Publication date: 7/4/2001
  • Series: Workbook Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 244,351
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Devin Starlanyl specializes in education in the field of fibromyalgia and chronic myofascial pain. She is the past director of the Fibromyalgia and Chronic Myofascial Pain Institute and serves as facilitator for the FMS and CMP support group at a local hospital. A consultant and clinical researcher who assists FMS/CMP patients through FIBROM-L listserv, an Internet support group, Devin Starlanyl also maintains a comprehensive Web site about FMS and CMP (http://www.sover.net/~devstar). She is the coauthor of the first edition of Fibromyalgia & Chronic Myofascial Pain Syndrome and author of The Fibromyalgia Advocate, and as someone with both conditions, writes as one who understands “from the inside.”

Mary Ellen Copeland, M.S., M.A., is coauthor of the first edition of Fibromyalgia & Chronic Myofascial Pain Syndrome and also knows firsthand the consequences of FMS/CMP. A distinguished teacher, writer, and lecturer, Ms. Copeland is the author of Healing the Trauma of Abuse, The Depression Workbook, Living Without Depression and Manic Depression, The Worry Control Workbook, The Loneliness Workbook, and Winning Against Relapse. Her audiotape, Living with Depression and Manic Depression, and her videotape, Coping with Depression, are widely used by therapists and depression clinics.

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Table of Contents

Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Fibromyalgia Syndrome: What It Is and Isn't 7
Ch. 2 The Myofascia 17
Ch. 3 Myofascial Trigger Points 23
Ch. 4 Chronic Myofascial Pain Syndrome 29
Ch. 5 FMS/MPS: The "Double Whammy" 35
Ch. 6 Coexisting Conditions 41
Ch. 7 Perpetuating Factors 49
Ch. 8 Questions and Answers About Common Symptoms 67
Ch. 9 Chronic Pain States: A Different Animal 107
Ch. 10 Sleep 113
Ch. 11 Irritable Bowel Syndrome 121
Ch. 12 Flare 127
Ch. 13 Pregnancy 133
Ch. 14 The Body-Mind Connection 139
Ch. 15 Taking Control 143
Ch. 16 Coping Day to Day 155
Ch. 17 Keeping a Journal 163
Ch. 18 Fibrofog and other Absurdities 171
Ch. 19 Positive Change 179
Ch. 20 Meditation and Mindfulness 191
Ch. 21 Fibromyalgia/Myofascial Pain Syndrome Medications 201
Ch. 22 Enhancing Your Medications 209
Ch. 23 Guaifenesin 219
Ch. 24 Nutrition: Keep It Natural 227
Ch. 25 Bodywork: Helping Your Body Work 237
Ch. 26 Bodyworkers 243
Ch. 27 Bodywork You Can Do Yourself 253
Ch. 28 Alternatives: Other Cultures, Other Ways 267
Ch. 29 Advocating for Yourself 279
Ch. 30 The Home Front 285
Ch. 31 Building Your Support Structure 305
Ch. 32 Past Issues 315
Ch. 33 The Workplace 321
Ch. 34 Disability: There Oughtta Be a Law 333
Ch. 35 Travel 345
Ch. 36 Children with FMS or FMS/MPS Complex 351
Ch. 37 Finding Your Primary Care Physician 355
Appendix A Resources 365
Appendix B Additional Reading List 371
Appendix C Suppliers of Health Care Items 377
Bibliography 381
Subject Index 391
Name Index 403
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2005

    A Fibro Suffers bible - everything you want to know

    This book is fantastic! After being diagnosed, I had purchased several books on the subject. The rest are gathering dust! The book is written for the patient and is easy to understand. I have used it as my referance in talking to my healthcare providers as well as educating my family and friends. This book is a must for any patient with FM and/or CMS!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2005

    It is my Fibro-Bible!

    I have purchased several books about fibromyalgia. This one is the best. I don't need any of the others, because I always end up coming back to this one for clarity and the details that are left out elsewhere. Devin Starlanyl is an extremely knowledgeable woman who has fibromyalgia and chronic myofacia pain. She is a doctor and she understands the medical system. She doesn't omit the details that 'outsiders' would never think of. She provides structure for managing your everyday life, and for building and working with a team of professionals. There is a great index and many references which can lead you to more help locally, and on the internet.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2005

    FMS and CMP patient saved by this book

    I can't even begin to explain how this book has helped me in understanding and accepting both illnesses. I was diagnosed nearly a year ago and I still reference it nearly every day. In fact, I am thinking of getting copies for family members- I can't part with my copy long enough to even lend it to a family member. If you or someone you know has FMS/CMP, get this book. It will be one of the best things you've ever done. Devin Starlanyl is a hero in my eyes.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2003

    A FM Sufferer

    This book is for anyone who has fibromyalgia or who knows someone suffering from this horrible affliction. It is so hard to try to explain what fibromyalgia is when others ask, and this book does such a wonderful job of doing just that. It's a great reference tool for me - I find myself going back to it time and time again and making notes in the margins. This is the best book I have found so far and I strongly recommend it to all FM patients.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2003

    All the info in one book!

    This book has been wonderful! There are so many different areas that fibromyalgia affects you and it so hard to find something that ties it all together for you in one book. It helps you not to feel alone in what you are going through.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2002

    Handy and useful!

    New Harbinger has done an excellent job once again. They give you many tools to work with to help you solve your problem. I also liked another book of theirs "The Multifidus Back Pain Solution" if you have back pain with your fibromyalgia. Together, I don't think your back pain stands a chance!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2003

    Very good book

    I have chronic myofascial pain and I fould this book to be the best out of many. I would reccomend it to everyone with this syndrome. It has explained CMP better than the doctors and is a helpful guide in dealing with the pain.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2001

    buy this one

    I reviewed all the books at bn store on this topic before purchasing this book. I found this book to be the most complete book on the subject, it gave so much medical information, it gave complete lists of all the sources of information, and is practical. I am reading every page and highlighting it. I plan to take it with me to the doctors.

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  • Posted October 28, 2009

    WRONG TABLE OF CONTENTS TO BOOK - PLEASE ADVISE REVISIONS.

    PAGE NUMBER CORRECTIONS - ONLY LISTED BELOW:
    C1:1-4, C:2 5-16; C3: 22-30; C4: 23-30; C5: 37-40; C6: 41-50; C7: 51-70; C8: 71-110; C9: 111-118; C10: 119-126; C11: 127-142; C12:143-152; C13: 153-158; C14:159-166; C15:167-182; C16: 183-198; C17: 199-208; C18: 209-216; C19: 217-240; C20: 241-256; C21:257-276; C22:277-292; C23: 293-306; C24: 307-320; C25: 321-334; C26: 335-342; C27:343-364; C28: 365-364.
    RESOURCES - APPENDIX A 375-378
    READING LIST - APPENDIX B 379-380
    MEDICAL CARE PROVIDER'S READING LIST - APPENDIX C 385-398.
    PLEASE NOTE THESE CORRECTIONS W/TITLE CHANGES ON CHAPTERS NOT INCLUDED IN NOTICE. THANKS - INSTRUCTOR OF FMS - NY.

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