Fibromyalgia: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed

Fibromyalgia: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed

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by Claudia Craig Marek, R. Paul St. Armand M.D.
     
 

Fibromyalgia affects between three and six million Americans—80 percent of whom are women—yet 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 Year—Fibromyalgia uses a unique approach—guiding readers through their first seven days following diagnosis,

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Fibromyalgia affects between three and six million Americans—80 percent of whom are women—yet 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 Year—Fibromyalgia uses a unique approach—guiding 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 year—to 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 Year—Fibromyalgia 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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Coauthor of What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Fibromyalgia, Marek is also a medical assistant and patient who has counseled others suffering from the condition. Along with journalist Florence, she aims to help newly diagnosed patients learn about fibromyalgia and develop coping skills over a one-year time frame. Typical questions a new patient might have (e.g., how to prepare for travel, how to communicate with health professionals and employers) are addressed in a highly readable and understandable style and presented in manageable learning bites. The authors also plainly but sensitively address the genitourinary symptoms that may accompany fibromyalgia. What is especially good about this guide is that the authors' tone is not alarmist but calm and evenhanded in articulating important precautions. Individuals who have pain-related disorders with no standardized treatment and no foreseeable cure are especially vulnerable to drastic or unproven therapies, which the authors address by emphasizing that patients seek out second opinions and do credible research for themselves. This is information a patient would hope to get from a good support group but provided in a format that can be revisited as symptoms and time progress. Recommended for all popular health collections.-Lisa McCormick, Jewish Hosp. Lib., Cincinnati Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781569245217
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
05/28/2003
Series:
The First Year
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.05(h) x 1.09(d)

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Fibromyalgia: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.