Living Well with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You...That You Need to Know
From the author of Living Well With Hypothyroidism, a comprehensive guide to the diagnosis and treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia--vital help for the millions of people suffering from pain, fatigue, and sleep problems.
Recent studies indicate that 3 to 6 million Americans suffer from fibromyalgia--a chronic disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, and multiple tender points. This terrible condition is often accompanied by chronic fatigue syndrome, a persistent and debilitating sense of exhaustion that is estimated to affect 800,000 Americans--twice the number of people with multiple sclerosis. Yet there are no official blood tests of diagnostic procedures that can confirm that yes, you definitely have these conditions, and in fact, a whole segment of the medical world doesn't even believe these two diseases actually exist. In addition, the few books that are on the market tend to focus on single solutions or eschew conventional and pharmaceutical approaches, which could alienate readers who use conventional medicine in whole or part. In her trademark accessible, easy-to-follow style, patient advocate Mary J. Shomon integrates the latest findings regarding these misunderstood conditions. Highlighting the pros and cons of the antibiotic, metabolic/endocrine, hormonal, musculoskeletal, and many other approaches to treatment, Shomon explores the fads and viable alternatives--both conventional and alternative--and provides helpful, clear solutions to help sufferers of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.
Reviews of: Living Well with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia:...
I personally found this book to be helpful in the time after I was first diagnosed with fibromyalgia. The book contained information on many topics related to these conditions that were very informative and helpful. There really isn't too much information out there about these disorders, and it's especially difficult to find this information even in the same place.
I myself am someone who went through dozens of doctors and testings as the book described, and while finally receiving a diagnosis of what I had was a relief, it was just another trial at the same time. For 5 years I've gone through trying to explain to even doctors what I have, many of which say this disease doesn't exist. It is reassuring and a huge weight off one's shoulders, to an extent, that a book like this exists that doesn't question what you have, but puts forth scientific evidence and suggestions to improving the condition through the many facets of information provided in this book.
I read through this book a number of times, and referenced it when I had a hunch about my condition. I have since also been diagnosed with several sleep disorders, and went through treatment which greatly alleviated the fibromyalgia (though not completely). While I don't reference this book too often anymore, I have recommended it to other fibro and CFS sufferers I have met through various support groups - and these other individuals said they found the book to be very helpful as well.