Fibromyalgia: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosedby Claudia Craig Marek, R. Paul St. Armand M.D.
Fibromyalgia affects between three and six million Americans80 percent of whom are womenyet remains one of the most difficult conditions to identify and diagnose. In the tradition of the other titles in the First Year series, The First YearFibromyalgia uses a unique approachguiding readers through their first seven days following diagnosis,
Fibromyalgia affects between three and six million Americans80 percent of whom are womenyet remains one of the most difficult conditions to identify and diagnose. In the tradition of the other titles in the First Year series, The First YearFibromyalgia uses a unique approachguiding readers through their first seven days following diagnosis, then the next three weeks of their first month, and finally the next eleven months of their first yearto provide answers and advice that will help everyone newly diagnosed with fibromyalgia come to terms with their condition and the lifestyle changes that accompany it. Starting with the day of diagnosis, patient-experts Florence and Marek provide vital information about the nature of fibromyalgia, choosing the right doctors, treatment options, psychological issues, holistic alternatives, self-management strategies, illustrative charts and tables, and much more. The First YearFibromyalgia will be a supportive and educational resource for everyone who wants to take an active role in the management of their condition.
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As the title indicates, this book is geared towards those who are new to fibromyalgia and are facing what I wrestled with when I was first diagnosed: eight million questions about what was happening to me, what do about it, and what my diagnosis meant to me and those around me. Ms. Marek does an excellent job of providing a comprehensive overview of all the things I remember needing to learn. In addition, the writing is clear and easy to follow. I'd describe it as conversational; I felt Ms. Marek was having a private discussion with me. She illustrates the practical information with her personal experience (she too has fibromyalgia), as well as with the experiences of others. One of the things I enjoyed most about this book is that Ms. Marek also talks about the emotional aspects of living with this illness and how it affects not only the person with fibromyalgia, but those around them. She addresses things like denial and acceptance, and the role those play in our lives. Ms. Marek speaks to the human being underneath the illness...the person who is struggling to maintain their identity in the face of a body that no longer works the way it used to. In summary, this is a solid, well-written book that I wish someone had handed to me when I was diagnosed. As the title says, this is an Essential Guide.
I found this book to be very informative and helpful in explaining fibromyalgia. It provided useful information in a very organized manner. It is organized so it is easy to review. It gave me what I needed to come to terms with this condition.