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Fibromyalgia For Dummies, 2nd Edition



Fibromyalgia For Dummies, 2nd Edition

Roland Staud, Christine Adamec (With)

ISBN: 978-1-118-05167-2 February 2011 368 Pages

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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.


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.