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.
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.
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.
FMS sufferers share their stories and tips The fun and easy way® to stop hurting and start healing Are you fed up with fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS)? Want to find relief? This plain-English guide outlines the latest treatments and highlights new research. You'll see how to spot the various symptoms and their possible causes, work with your physician to develop a plan of care, and manage your pain at home or the office. Identify your trigger points Cope with chronic pain and sleep problems Evaluate the new medications Make healing lifestyle changes Help a child with FMS
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