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books about 'Fibromyalgia', 'Chronic Myofascial Pain'
the 'Fibromyalgia Syndrome' and the wide range of
related debilitating conditions - page one


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Below are a selection of books about 'Fibromyalgia', which reflect the wide range of debilitating conditions that are grouped together to describe 'The Fibromyalgia Syndrome'. Medical practitioners from around the world agree on one main aspect - there is no known cause and, so far, there is no known treatment.

The Morien Institute Web Editor has suffered from this condition for many years, though as is typical of most sufferers was only diagnosed some 6 years ago. The reason that so many people have only recently been diagnosed as suffering from 'Fibromyalgia Syndrome' (estimates of up to 4%-5% of the general population have been suggested) is because it was only recognised as a specific condition in 1990. Despite the large number of studies that have been conducted worldwide over the past 15 years or so, most of them within the last few years, scientists from a wide variety of disciplines seem no nearer to understanding its causes than they were when they started.

If you, or someone you know, has been diagnosed with 'Fibromyalgia' recently, or in the past few years, then a good place to start learning about the ways in which this condition affects your everyday life, and what you can do practically to help you cope with it on a day-to-day basis, is by reading:

"Fibromyalgia and Chronic Myofascial Pain: A Survival Manual"
(2nd Edition - Paperback)
by Devin J. Starlanyl & Mary Ellen Copeland

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"The original edition of this classic survival manual offered the first comprehensive patient guide for managing these conditions. Its extensive set of healing tools included targeted bodywork for painful trigger points and strategies to help cope with chronic pain and sleep problems and the numbing effects of fibrofog. More than 75 percent of the second edition is new or updated material, including coverage of promising new research on the causes of fibromyalgia, evaluation of new treatments, complete discussions of special issues for women and men, and the latest information on medication. An update of the first edition's popular provider index helps sufferers select those practitioners who will take their complaints seriously and offer knowledgeable treatment advice."

In the USA, for example, it has been estimated that as many 26 million people may be suffering from either Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS), Myofascial Pain Syndrome (MPS), or both in the form of FMS-MPS complex. Devin J. Starlanyl is a doctor/physician who suffers from both of these debilitating conditions. She specialises in researching the possible causes, and evaluating current treatments offered to sufferers.

We are in the process of compiling a list of resources that will include official government information about FMS and MPS, as well as details about support groups, websites and blogs run by sufferers, and direct links to information about Fibromyalgia and Myofascial Pain Syndrome from the perspective of complimentary therapists. Others will link to the most up-to-date research being undertaken all over the world, and will include contact details of scientific studies which are requesting participation by FMS and MPS sufferers. The information below is just the start of these resources:

Tender points are specific sites on the body that cause pain when pressed. The pain may spread when a tender point is pressed and cause pain in a larger area (for example, down the leg, arm, or back).

There are 9 pairs of tender points. Each pair has one point on each side of the body, for a total of 18 points. These pairs are located:
1. At the back of the neck behind the ear, where the neck muscles attach to the base of the skull
2. About halfway between the base of the neck and the tip of the shoulder
3. At the spot where the back muscles attach to the shoulder blade
4. On the front of the neck above the collarbone
5. Just to the right and left of the breastbone (sternum) about 2 in.(5.08 cm) below the collarbone
6. On each forearm just below and to the outside of the crease of the elbow
7. Just above and to the outside of each buttock
8. On the outer upper leg just behind the bony part of the hip (this point is easier to find when standing)
9. On the inside of each knee
For a clear diagnosis of fibromyalgia, according to the American College of Rheumatology guidelines, a person must have pain at 11 or more of the 18 tender points. In practice, however, many people with fibromyalgia have fewer than 11 tender points.


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"The Complete Idiot's Guide to Fibromyalgia"
by Lynne Matallana, Laurence A. Bradley, M.D., Stuart Silverman, M.D. & Muhammad Yunus

EU English Edition

"This valuable resource cuts through the medical jargon in other books and focuses on the most important things readers need to know to understand and manage fibromyalgia. Readers learn how to assemble a team of healthcare providers, communicate with doctors, identify the triggers that lead to symptoms, set and track sleep and diet regimens, and much more. Lynne Matallana, co-founder and president of the National Fibromyalgia Association, published the first-ever consumer magazine to focus on FMS, Fibromyalgia AWARE, and Muhammad Yunus, M.D., professor of medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, is a pioneering fibromyalgia researcher and educator."


"Fibromyalgia for Dummies" by R. Staud & Christine Adamec

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"Remember the body aches you experienced the last time you had a bad flu? Now multiply that pain times ten and you have some idea of what everyday life can be like for fibromyalgia sufferers. A chronic medical condition characterized mainly by pain in the muscles and tendons throughout the entire body, fibromyalgia is known to afflict more than 6 million people in the United States and millions more around the world. Yet, many people, including some doctors, think that "fibromyalgia" is just another word for "hypochondria." If you have fibromyalgia you have some idea of how frustrating it is to have your suffering dismissed by your friends, family, and coworkers, and how hard it can be to find professional help in managing your disease."


"First Year Fibromyalgia: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed"
by Claudia Craig Marek & R. Paul Amand (Foreword)

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"'First Year—Fibromyalgia' uses a unique approach - guiding readers through their first seven days following diagnosis, then the next three weeks of their first month, and finally the next eleven months of their first year - to provide answers and advice that will help everyone newly diagnosed with fibromyalgia come to terms with their condition and the lifestyle changes that accompany it. Starting with the day of diagnosis, patient-expert Marek provides vital information about the nature of fibromyalgia, choosing the right doctors, treatment options, psychological issues, holistic alternatives, self-management strategies, illustrative charts and tables, and much more. Includes special sections on dealing with chronic psychological effects like fibrofog, identifying fibromyalgia in children, and finding or starting a support group.


"Taking Charge of Fibromyalgia: Everything You Need to Know to Manage Fibromyalgia" by Julie Kelly, Rosalie Devonshire & Thomas J. Romano (Editor)

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"The 2005 edition chronicles the history of fibromyalgia (FMS), introduces the latest research and treatment options, plus advises how to recognize if you have FMS and/or chronic fatigue syndrome. Traditional elements address disability, work, sleep and exercise, medications, along with an appendix of physician protocols and an exhaustive compilation of resource material. Newbie information features FMS and men, pregnancy, an excellent section for support group leaders and a much needed index. A listing of useful laboratory tests added to the diagnosis section, along with a symptom checklist, are helpful tools for determining treatment options. Other self-educating tools include a sleep log, exercise and medication diary, a personal activity chart and journal pages for self talk, stress management, coping and support.


"The Fibromyalgia Advocate: Getting the Support You Need to Cope with Fibromyalgia and Myofascial Pain Syndrome" by Devin J. Starlanyl

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"Fibromyalgia, a musculoskeletal disorder is both extremely painful and often very hard to diagnose. More than half of sufferers undergo unnecessary surgery. This book is a guide to dealing with an often sceptical medical establishment, and to getting the help and support that is needed from doctors, as well as from family and friends. Herself a physician living with both FMS and MPS, Starlanyl gives the reader valuable information for working with various health specialists through numerous "data sheets" geared to a particular practitioner, e.g., the cardiologist or dentist. Although her book would seem to accept uncritically many experimental therapies for FMS and MPS, Starlanyl argues that in medicine "hardening of the attitudes" is a common response of clinicians who lack a true understanding of these two painful conditions."


"The Fibromyalgia Relief Book: 213 Ideas for Improving Your Quality of Life"
by Miryam E. Williamson & Mary Anne Saathoff (Foreword)

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"Williamson, who has suffered from fibromyalgia (FM) since childhood, is coauthor of the excellent Fibromyalgia: A Comprehensive Approach (LJ 9/15/96), and now adds this practical self-help guide to her acomplishments. In it, she discusses ways FM patients can manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life, from diet and supplements to strategies such as ergonomics and energy conservation tips. The chapters on traveling and sleep are especially useful. Williamson writes in a straightforward, direct manner that makes the material easy to comprehend. A helpful section on resources adds to the title's value. The growing number of people diagnosed with FM makes Williamson's patient education book very timely."


"Fibromyalgia Help Book: A Practical Guide to Living Better with Fibromyalgia"
by Jenny Fransen & I. Jon Russell

EU English Edition

"This is a good fibromyalgia book to buy if you have just been diagnosed and you are looking for practical advice on how to cope with your illness. Though not as detailed and complete as Starlanyl and Copeland's Fibromyalgia and Chronic Myofascial Pain Syndrome, it is also less overwhelming and so is particularly good for someone who is feeling overwhelmed, doesn't like a lot of medical information, or has a mild form of the disease. The chapters "You aren't alone", "Making Lifestyle adjustments," and "Practical helps for specific problems" are quite good, as are the three chapters on managing fatigue, stress, and flareups."


"All About Fibromyalgia: A Guide for Patients and Their Families"
by Daniel J. Wallace & Janice Brock Wallace

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"This year, six million Americans - most of them women - will go to their doctors, complaining of an illness they have no name for. The majority will be turned away or treated for depression; the few who persist will go to an average of four doctors before they receive the correct diagnosis: fibromyalgia. In their earlier Making Sense of Fibromyalgia, noted medical writer Janice Wallace and Dr. Daniel Wallace, a leading expert on this disorder, provided a comprehensive guide - for both patients and professionals - to this little known and poorly understood syndrome. Now, in All About Fibromyalgia, the Wallaces provide a thoroughly revised and updated version of that highly successful volume, incorporating a wealth of new information. This edition provides the current understanding of the disease as well as the latest drug treatments - all laid out in clear and accessible language."


"Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and Other Invisible Illnesses: A Comprehensive and Compassionate Guide" by Katrina Berne, Robert M. Bennett & Daniel L. Peterson

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"Revised and expanded, this edition offers the latest findings on chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and overlapping diseases such as Gulf War Syndrome. It includes new information on the interaction of the brain, emotions, and immune system as well.

Consumer text addresses what is known about causes of CFS and FMS and if they are related, the whole range of symptoms and diagnostic techniques for both conditions, and treatment and self-care options available."


"The Fibromyalgia Survivor" by Mark J. Pellegrino & David Schumick (Illustrator)

EU English Edition

"Dr. Pelligrino not only knows alot about fibromyalgia - he has it himself, which gives this book a unique perspective. I have met Dr. Pellegrino, and he is a great doctor, and a very understanding person. If you have to buy only one book on fibromyalgia, this is it! The Fibromyalgia Survivour is the essentail handbook for all suffers who want to know how to cope in the real world. From washing your dishes to travelling abroad this book has the answers. Written by a Doctor who has FMS,and treats FMS patients he knows what he is talking about. It is easy to read and understand with plenty of diagrams and solutions to problems."

Audio, Video & DVD
aids to managing Fibromyalgia

"Fibromyalgia: Show Me Where It Hurts"
All Regions
Run Time: 37 minutes

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"Sit and Be Fit: Fibromyalgia Workout"
Region 1 DVD Only

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"Lynne Matallana, President and Editor-in-Chief of the National Fibromyalgia Association, shares her experience with Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) and the role of exercise as a management tool. The disabling and varying levels of pain and fatigue associated with FMS are major symptoms. However, one of the most frustrating aspects of this condition is the physical debilitation causing functional limitations that affect quality of life."

"Fibroga 1 Yoga Exercise Therapy For People with Fibromyalgia"
Region 1 Only

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"Fibroga 1 is a very gentle exercise therapy using modified yoga positions with the aid of a chair. It consists of warm ups, stretching, and relaxation. The warm ups are critical to any exercise workout. Stretching is very important when you have fibromyalgia. Fibroga 1 is gentle and stretches the muscles in the body to get relief from the tense muscle pain that Fibromyalgia is known for. The relaxation is very important because it takes the areas that you have just stretched and by using "body scanning" relaxes each part of your body."

"Fibroga 2 Yoga Exercise Therapy For People with Fibromyalgia"
Region 1 Only

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"Fibroga 2 is a wonderful compliment to Fibroga 1. It parallels Fibroga 1 in that the moves are similar but the workout is done without a chair and more on the floor. The luxury of both Fibroga 1 and Fibroga 2 is that you work to your capacity, no pain, just pull and you do only as many of the moves that are suitable to your situation. If you can not do an exercise, just move on to the next. If you can only do 2 of 5 of any exercise, that is good. The Grove Approach works toward goals without injury."


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