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Fibromyalgia: An Essential Guide for Patients and Their Families

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Fibromyalgia is a form of chronic neuromuscular pain, a pain-amplification syndrome brought on by abnormal interactions between hormones, the immune system, neurotransmitters, and the autonomic nervous system, that afflicts six million Americans every year. Often misdiagnosed, and widely misunderstood, the majority of patients are turned away from doctors or treated for depression. This guide offers expert advice to sufferers of this painful syndrome and gives them the education...

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Overview

Fibromyalgia is a form of chronic neuromuscular pain, a pain-amplification syndrome brought on by abnormal interactions between hormones, the immune system, neurotransmitters, and the autonomic nervous system, that afflicts six million Americans every year. Often misdiagnosed, and widely misunderstood, the majority of patients are turned away from doctors or treated for depression. This guide offers expert advice to sufferers of this painful syndrome and gives them the education they need to get the help they require but rarely get.

In their earlier books, Making Sense of Fibromyalgia and All About Fibromyalgia, noted medical writer Janice Wallace and Dr. Daniel Wallace, a leading expert on this disorder, provided comprehensive guides—for both patients and professionals—to this little known and poorly understood syndrome. Now, in Fibromyalgia, the Wallaces provide an inviting and succinct version of the syndrome they have studied, laid out in clear and accessible language. The authors provide a clear, concise explanation of the syndrome and its symptoms, and also outline the recent advances in treatments.

Fibromyalgia addresses a desperate need for concise, accessible information on this syndrome and offers reassurance to patients and their families.

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On previous edition:"Dr. Wallace has treated hundreds of fibromyalgia sufferers, and he clears up much misunderstanding about a disease that has sent six million Americans to doctors with complaints that often get them turned away or treated for depression.... Apart from his clear descriptions of the basic science behind the disorder and the new drug treatments available, Dr. Wallace emerges as a strong advocate for those plagued by it."—The New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195149319
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/28/2003
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,217,575
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel J. Wallace, M.D. has served as Clinical Chief of Rheumatology at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Medicine and has treated hundreds of victims of fibromyalgia. J. B. Wallace is a freelance medical writer. Together, they have written two acclaimed books on fibromyalgia: Making Sense of Fibromyalgia and All About Fibromyalgia, both by OUP.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1 What is Fibromyalgia? 1
Ch. 2 Who Gets Fibromyalgia and Why? 8
Ch. 3 The Basic Science of Fibromyalgia 14
Ch. 4 Fibromyalgia-Related Complaints 30
Ch. 5 What Are the Regional and Localized Forms of Fibromyalgia? 43
Ch. 6 What Conditions Are Associated with Fibromyalgia? 48
Ch. 7 The Fibromyalgia Consultation and Differential Diagnosis 65
Ch. 8 I'm Not Crazy! 74
Ch. 9 How to Help Yourself without Taking Medicine 80
Ch. 10 Medicines for Fibromyalgia 109
Ch. 11 Work and Disability 146
Ch. 12 Prognosis and Future Directions 153
App. 1 Fibromyalgia Resource Materials 159
App. 2: Glossary 163
App. 3 Fibromyalgia: A Complementary Medicine Doctor's Perspective 179
Index 185
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    Posted October 10, 2003

    This is a wonderful book.

    This is the best book that brought me peace, hope and understanding to me and my family. Until I got this book I belived that I am crazy. Make a big change in my life.

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