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As an invisible and somewhat mysterious syndrome fibromyalgia (FMS) affects millions. It is poorly understood by the contemporary medical establishment and it is difficult to find effective treatment. There is a great deal of fear associated with FMS and its companion chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). It is little wonder that those afflicted are frustrated and often feel hopeless after searching for a long time for the causes of chronic pain and fatigue and then finally receiving a tentative diagnosis. Many have felt ashamed and guilty of living with a condition for which they often feel denigrated and is not easily diagnosed. This book is somewhat of a sequel to the first book Women and Fibromyalgia Living with an Invisible Dis-ease, published in 2007. However, it is an updated and more inclusive approach, presenting daring, tentative theories about these two conditions, based upon the research that has evolved over recent years. The author who has been living with FMS and CFS for many decades, writing blogs on a website and looking back on the formal interviews from the first book, a developed a comprehensive theoretical approach will entice the reader suffering from these syndromes to reconsider their own lives and to live more hopefully with the challenges of these conditions. Answers to their many questions will finally be put to rest. The types of personalities of those who develop these syndromes may appear scientifically unproven but the approach presented is supported by the hundreds of people world wide who agree with the theories put forward, the comments of which were found primarily on the website from which this book was sprung. It is a maze which has placed the dots in a comprehensive model for understanding.. FMS, CFS, PTSD are linked together for their commonalities of symptoms. Symptoms and management strategies are discussed of all three.
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About the Author
Dr. Barbara Keddy has been a nurse, medical sociologist, university professor and researcher and is currently a professor emerita. She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.