Fibromyalgia For Dummies [NOOK Book]

Overview

The pain you suffer from fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is not in your imagination. FMS is a real medical problem that can be as debilitating and demoralizing as it is mysterious. Fibromyalgia For Dummies, Second Edition, brings you the latest scientific findings on the symptoms and causes of this disease and guides you toward proven, practical steps you can take reduce or eliminate FMS-related pain.

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Overview

The pain you suffer from fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is not in your imagination. FMS is a real medical problem that can be as debilitating and demoralizing as it is mysterious. Fibromyalgia For Dummies, Second Edition, brings you the latest scientific findings on the symptoms and causes of this disease and guides you toward proven, practical steps you can take reduce or eliminate FMS-related pain.

This plain-English guide is fully updated with the latest fibromyalgia treatment options, and evaluations of new medications that have shown great promise in reducing pain. You'll discover how to spot an array of symptoms and their possible causes, work with your physician to develop a treatment plan, and manage your pain at home and in the office. You'll learn how to:

  • Identify your FMS trigger points
  • Cope with chronic pain and sleep problems
  • Find medications that work for you
  • Locate a physician who can really help you
  • Make healing lifestyle changes
  • Use hands-on therapies to alleviate pain
  • Find effective over-the-counter and prescription medications
  • Choose among alternative therapies and treatments
  • Reduce the emotional distress caused by FMS
  • Help a child with FMS

Featuring moving and inspiring stories from fellow FMS sufferers who share their stories and offer invaluable tips on working your way back to wellness, Fibromyalgia for Dummies, Second Edition offers serious and sensitive guidance to help you overcome FMS and start being yourself again.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470233146
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/3/2008
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 290,092
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Roland Staud, MD, is a rheumatologist and a professor of medicine at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, as well as a noted and internationally renowned medical researcher. Dr. Staud’s continuing and cuttingedge research on fibromyalgia is supported by the National Institutes of Health and other funding organizations. His research has clearly demonstrated that patients with fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) have detectable central nervous system abnormalities of pain processing resulting in increased pain sensitivity and prolonged pain experiences.
Dedicated to helping FMS patients by sharing his knowledge as much as possible, Dr. Staud is greatly appreciated by attendees at major national and international fibromyalgia and arthritis conferences, where he is a frequent speaker. He is also on the editorial boards of Pain and European Journal of Pain. In addition, he is a reviewer for the Clinical Journal of Pain, Journal of Pain, European Journal of Pain, and Pain. He has authored many medical journal articles on fibromyalgia and other topics.
Dr. Staud is a diplomate of the American Board of Rheumatology and the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is a member of the American College of Rheumatology, the International Association for the Study of Pain, the American Pain Society, and the International MYOPAIN Society. Dr. Staud is licensed to practice medicine in Florida.

Christine Adamec has been a freelance writer for more than 20 years, concentrating on self-help and medical/health issues. She has authored or coauthored 14 books, including The Encyclopedia of Diabetes (Facts On File, Inc.) and How to Stop Heartburn (Wiley), and has written numerous magazine and newspaper health features. Ms. Adamec is a member of the American Society of Journalists & Authors.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
About This Book 2
Conventions Used in This Book 2
Foolish Assumptions 3
How This Book Is Organized 3
Icons Used in This Book 5
Where to Go from Here 6
Part I Fibromyalgia Is the Real Deal: What It Is and Is Not 7
Chapter 1 Yes, Fibromyalgia Is Real 9
Dumping Your Doubts about the Validity of FMS 9
Examining the Symptoms, Causes, and Pain Problems Associated with FMS 10
Considering Who Gets FMS 12
Looking at Related Medical Problems 12
Finding a Doctor Who's a "True Believer" in Fibromyalgia 13
Treating the Problem 14
Making Lifestyle Changes: Pulling Yourself into a Non-Fibro World 14
Coping with Fibromyalgia at Home and on the Job 15
Do You Have Fibromyalgia? A Self-test 17
Chapter 2 Recognizing Key Symptoms of Fibromyalgia 21
Describing Where It Hurts: Everywhere! 22
Feeling Extremely Fatigued 24
Facing Fibro Fog: Mental Malaise 26
Weathering Your Reactions to Weather 27
Dealing with Common Sleep Disorders 28
Experiencing Related Medical Problems 28
Chapter 3 Understanding Possible Causes of Fibromyalgia 37
What is for Certain About Fibromyalgia 38
Down But Not Out: Physical Trauma 38
Catching FMS 42
Regarding Gulf War Syndrome 45
Studying Chemical Imbalances 47
Examining Environmental Causes 49
Exploring Other Theories 50
Looking to the Future 54
Chapter 4 Understanding Fibromyalgia Pain 55
Grasping Pain and Why People Have to Have It 56
Regarding the Different Kind of Pain That's Fibromyalgia 58
Working with Your Doctor to Manage FMS Pain 59
Part II Finding Out If You Have Fibromyalgia 65
Chapter 5 Who Gets Picked to Have Fibromyalgia? 67
Looking at the Numbers: Who Has FMS? 68
Wondering Why Women Suffer More from FMS than Men 68
Considering How FMS Relates to Women's Ages 69
FMS and Men: It Isn't Just a Woman Thing 71
Chapter 6 Identifying Diseases Often Confused with Fibromyalgia 73
Understanding the Uncertainty 74
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome 75
Myofascial Pain Syndrome 78
Arthritis 81
Thyroid Disease 84
The Other Suspects 86
Chapter 7 Working with a Good Fibromyalgia Doc: You Need a True Believer 91
Working with Your Primary Care Doctor 92
Looking Elsewhere for a Doctor: How to Know if It's Time 94
Considering Types of Specialists 95
Finding a Good Specialist (Or New Primary Care Doctor) 97
Interviewing Your Physician Candidate: What's Up, Doc? 100
Chapter 8 Getting Physical: Your Initial Exam and Diagnosis 103
Diving into Your Medical History: What the Doctor Should Ask You 104
Volunteering Info if the Doc Doesn't Ask You 105
Getting All Your Questions Out in the Open 108
Identifying the Tender Points of Fibromyalgia 109
Test-ifying About FMS 111
Part III Getting to Wellness: How Fibromyalgia is Treated 117
Chapter 9 Medicating the Problem: Over-the-Counter Drugs May Help 119
Examining the Nuts and Bolts of Guaifenesin 120
Relieving Pain with Painkillers 126
Warming up to Cold Remedies for FMS 128
Talking About Topical Remedies 129
Chapter 10 Prescribing Health with Medications 133
Relaxing Your FMS: Muscle Relaxants 134
Easing Pain with Painkillers 135
Reducing Inflammation: NSAIDs 140
Fighting FMS with Antidepressants 141
Other Prescribed Medicines for FMS 143
Opening Your Eyes to Info on Sleep Remedies 146
Thinking About Future Remedies 147
Chapter 11 Using Hands-On Therapies 149
Chilling Out! Icing the Pain 149
Heating Up the Problem: Heat Therapy 151
Massaging the Problem: Massage Therapy 153
An Electrifying Solution: TENS 159
Considering Chiropractors 161
Chapter 12 Considering Alternative Remedies and Treatments 163
Thinking Through Alternative Remedies 164
Fighting FMS Naturally with Herbs and Supplements 165
Pinning Down a Solution: Acupuncture 168
Beating FMS with Botox Injections 171
Taking On T'ai Chi 174
Repelling Magnet Therapy 175
Smelling Your Way to Health with Aromatherapy 176
Part IV Lifestyle Changes: What You Can Do on Your Own 177
Chapter 13 Depressurizing Yourself: Controlling the Stress-Eyed Monster 179
Knowing When You're Too Stressed 180
Chilling Out with Relaxation Therapy 182
Stress-busting with Biofeedback Therapy 184
Mesmerizing the Pain: Hypnotherapy 186
Meditating, Doing Yoga, and Praying 189
Chapter 14 Sweet Dreams! Combating Sleep Disorders 191
What is Sleep? 192
Understanding the Importance of Sleep Stages 193
Identifying Key Sleep Problems 195
Analyzing Your Sleep: A Self-test 197
Adjusting Your Lifestyle to Cope with the Problem 199
Slipping Into Slumber Using Medications and Other Remedies 201
Chapter 15 Exercising, Losing Weight, and Avoiding Trigger Foods/Drinks 205
Exercising to Relieve FMS Pain 206
Exploring Pain-Relieving Exercises 207
Losing Weight to Decrease Pain and Fatigue 214
Discovering Dietary Effects: Good Foods/Bad Foods 218
Chapter 16 Coping with Emotions: Your Own 221
Dealing with Depression 222
Determining If Your Problem Is Anxiety 223
Taking Your Emotional Temperature 224
Finding a Therapist 226
Treating Emotional Problems with Medication 228
Part V Living and Working with Fibromyalgia 231
Chapter 17 Working with Fibromyalgia--Or Going on Disability 233
Explaining Fibromyalgia to Your Boss and Coworkers: Should You? 234
Deciding Whether You Should Stay at Your Job 236
Getting Your Insurance Company to Pay for Treatment 238
Taking the Next Step If FMS Is Disabling 241
Finding an Attorney to Help You 245
Chapter 18 Helping Loved Ones Deal with Your Fibromyalgia 247
Understanding How Fibromyalgia Can Affect Your Relationships 248
Putting Yourself in the Right Frame of Mind 249
Opening Up for Some Honest Dialogue 250
Anticipating Difficulties 251
Knowing How to Respond to "Helpful" Comments 252
Helping Your Significant Other Cope 253
Explaining FMS to Your Kids 255
Joining a Support Group 257
Chapter 19 Helping Someone You Care About Who's Hurting 261
Understanding Without Feeling Their Pain 262
Coping with Your Own Emotions 267
Going to Support Meetings 270
Chapter 20 Parenting a Child with Fibromyalgia 271
Looking at Fibromyalgia Symptoms in Children 272
Accurately Diagnosing the Problem 274
Getting Help for Your Child with Fibromyalgia 275
Treating a Child with Fibromyalgia 275
Including Your Children Who Don't Have Fibromyalgia 277
Working with Your Child's Teacher 277
Dealing with Jeers from Peers 280
Part VI The Part of Tens 283
Chapter 21 Ten Ways to Explain Fibromyalgia to Everyone (Even Your Doctor!) 285
Chapter 22 Ten Must-Dos for Everyone with Fibromyalgia 289
Chapter 23 Ten Ways to Beat the Effects of Brain Fog 295
Chapter 24 Ten Myths about Fibromyalgia 299
Part VII Appendixes 303
Appendix A Glossary 305
Appendix B Fibromyalgia Medications 309
Appendix C Resources and Support 315
Index 321
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  • Posted August 25, 2011

    Very informative

    I would suggest this book to anyone who recieves the dreaded diagnosis of Fibromyalgia. This book offers insight to the newly diagnosised and would also be a good read for family members of fibro paitents as well.
    We have to be our own advocates and we need to know as much as we can about FMS. This book also offers tips with pain managment, fatigue and intimate relationships.It discusses different types of medications and alternate therapys.
    I have enjoyed this book mostly because it's written in real terms, not overly educated, medical terms, and it hasn't been "dumbafied" to make those reading it feel stupid.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 14, 2011

    Excellent resource!

    This book offers a lot of information & validates what a victim of this illness is experiencing. This book includes a lot of resources that are available to the sufferer. Due to the stigma associated with this illness it is often hard to find help, but this book shows us where to get it, & offers advice on various treatments available. Strongly recommended!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2005

    Great book

    When someone has a medical condition, it¿s sometimes hard to find books that can really help. I think Fibromyalgia for Dummies is a great book. It covers many topics, such as who it affects, the importance of sleep, possible causes and how to deal with fibromyalgia. The very first page in the book is called a ¿Cheat Sheet¿ and it has a lot of important information right there. It gives a little summary of what¿s found in the book. One of the best parts about this book is that it is very easy to understand. There are also little symbols on the pages to point out important details, such as ¿Tips¿ and ¿Warnings.¿ This book also helps the reader to tell the difference between fibromyalgia and other possible medical conditions. Fibromyalgia for Dummies is full of helpful information for those who have it. I would definitely recommend it.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    Highly recommended!

    Excellent book. Explains the condition better than any other I've read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2012

    Excellent and informative and a must-read for anyone who has or

    Excellent and informative and a must-read for anyone who has or may have fibromyalgia.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2010

    Awesome

    The book was so easy to read and understand. I recommend it to my doctors. I learned more from this book then any of the 5 doctors I go to. I also recommend it to the people in my support group.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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