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.

This plain-English guide is fully updated with the latest fibromyalgia treatment ...

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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: 9781118051672
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/9/2011
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 141,046
  • File size: 10 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.

Part I: The What, When, and Why of Fibromyalgia.

Chapter 1: Yes, Fibromyalgia Is Real.

Chapter 2: Recognizing Key Symptoms of Fibromyalgia.

Chapter 3: Understanding Possible Causes of Fibromyalgia.

Chapter 4: Understanding Fibromyalgia Pain.

Part II: Finding Out Whether You Have Fibromyalgia.

Chapter 5: Who Gets Picked to Have Fibromyalgia?

Chapter 6: Identifying Diseases Often Confused with Fibromyalgia.

Chapter 7: Working with a Good Fibromyalgia Doc: You Need a True Believer.

Chapter 8: Getting Physical: Your Initial Exam and Diagnosis.

Part III: Looking At All Your Treatment Options.

Chapter 9: Medicating the Problem: Over-the-Counter Drugs May Help.

Chapter 10: Prescribing Health with Medications.

Chapter 11: Using Hands-On Therapies.

Chapter 12: Considering Alternative Remedies and Treatments.

Part IV: Modifying Your Lifestyle: Small Changes, Big Results.

Chapter 13: Depressurizing Yourself: Controlling the Stress-Eyed Monster.

Chapter 14: Sweet Dreams! Combating Sleep Disorders.

Chapter 15: Exercising, Losing Weight, and Avoiding Trigger Foods and Drinks.

Chapter 16: Coping with Emotions: Your Own

Part V: Managing Fibromyalgia at Work and at Home.

Chapter 17: Working with Fibromyalgia — Or Going on Disability.

Chapter 18: Helping Loved Ones Deal with Your Fibromyalgia.

Chapter 19: Helping Someone You Care About Who’s Hurting.

Chapter 20: Parenting a Child or Adolescent with Fibromyalgia.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 21: Ten Alternative Remedies That Help People with Fibromyalgia.

Chapter 22: Ten Mistakes to Avoid When You Have Fibromyalgia.

Chapter 23: Ten Ways to Beat the Effects of Brain Fog.

Chapter 24: Ten Myths about Fibromyalgia.

Part VII: Appendixes.

Appendix A: Glossary.

Appendix B: Fibromyalgia Medications.

Appendix C: Resources and Support.

Index.

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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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