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Fibromyalgia is a debilitating disease that affects a large number of people - an estimated to 500,000 people in the UK alone. With symptoms ranging from extreme fatigue to sleep disturbances, headaches and pain throughout the body, it is a disease which for years has baffled medical science. Fibromyalgia is the first definitive guide to the causes, symptoms and treatment options for this increasingly common illness. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Don L. Goldenberg, M.D., is the Chief of Rheumatology at Newton-Wellesley Hospital and Professor of Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine. An international authority in the fields of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, he has published more than 150 papers in scientific journals, as well as books on arthritis and rheumatism. Dr. Goldenberg has been interviewed on national and local television, and his work has been covered in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and The New Yorker. He is the author of Chronic Illness and Uncertainty: A Personal and Professional Guide to Poorly Understood Syndromes.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Trade; 1 edition (June 4, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039952780X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399527807
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,498,578 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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35 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Kaffitz on November 11, 2002
Format: Paperback
In 1996, fibromyalgia researcher, I. Jon Russell and Jenny A. Fransen put together the Fibromyalgia Help Book. Their book ex-plained--as much as possible--an illness that has no known cause and therefore no known treatment.
Dr. Russell is one of the handfull of researchers who are looking for the answers. Accordingly, his book began by explaining in simple terms what seems to be happening within the fibromyalgia patient's body.
He talked about the antidepressants that seem to lessen the pain of fibromyalgia. And then he went on. He told us about all the interconnecting systems in the body that work differently in a fibromyalgia patient's body. He talked about the exciting neurological, hormonal, enzymatic, cycles that just don't work the same old way in a fibro patient's body.
Russell acknowledged that the tricyclic andidepressants and selective seritonin reuptake inhibitators that are standard first treatments may not relieve all symptoms all of the time. Accordingly, he mentioned some of the other drugs that practicioners have found help with individual symptoms.
Finally, Russell showed us the way new research is bringing us more and more information about fibromyalgia, and suggest treatment and management options for the future.
I expected THIS book, written by a similarly-credentialed doctor who is right in there treating fibromyalgia patients and studying them would pick up where the Russell/Fransen book left off. I expeced a short description of what fibromyalgia is and is not. I expected to see tender-point diagrams. I expected a human touch, since Dr. Goldenberg's wife has fibromyalgia.
Most importantly, I expected to have the continuation of the research information last heard of in 1996 in the Russell/Fransen book.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Joanne Borg Stein, MD on July 2, 2002
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Fibromyalgia, the most recent book by the author Dr. Don Goldenberg, an internationally renowned medical expert and researcher in the field, is an absolute "must read" for patient, families, and friends of people with fibromyalgia. Equally important, it is a valuable resource for physicians who work in this field as well as family doctors, primary care physicians and specialists who will all be educated by this sophisticated guide to understanding, and caring for people with fibromyalgia. I found it balanced, well referenced, personally touching, informative, and realistically hopeful. Dr. Goldenberg's sections on "Myths and Truths" at the end of each chapter highlight the most important information in a succinct and relevant format. The clinical vignettes allow the reader, patient and physician to gain insight into the many manifestations of fibromyalgia and related syndromes. Overall, I would give the book the highest rating of ***** (5 stars).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Justin Reilly, JD on November 7, 2012
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Prof. Goldenberg is a smart doctor, but unfortunately, like many others, he has had the wool pulled over his eyes by Prof. Wessely, Barsky and other insurance lobbyists trained as psychiatrists and posing as scientists. Prof. Goldenberg explicitly states that there is a biological basis for ME ("CFS"), Fibromyalgia and IBS (p.74), but almost in the same breath (p. 73) he states they have no documented biological basis. The first statement is the true one, btw. He also attributes far too much weight to emotional perpetuation (and it seems causation) in these diseases. He is part way there to understanding these diseases, which is far further along than the vast majority of physicians. I would ask him to go the final mile in trying to understand these physical diseases. I would be more than happy to discuss this with the author. Thanks for taking the time to read and good luck healing everyone!

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Lewis on April 14, 2009
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Dr. Goldenberg is a legitimate authority on fibromyalgia, and this book does a good job of separating fact from fiction, but the vast majority of the content is annoying stories about his patients and research. I think the intent was to provide examples and provide a cathartic outlet for the reader, but really it is just a waste of time.

However, each chapter has a 1-page summary at the end that tells you almost everything you need to know. You can read these summaries only and get 80% of the valuable content. Nonetheless, I recommend the book because it is one of the few trustworthy sources in a sea of misinformation, scams and outright lies.

Fibro is a very poorly understood disease and many seek to take advantage of it's victims with miracle cures, magic diets, 'alternative' treatments, and so-called 'research.' With Goldenberg, you can trust what he says.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 25, 2002
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Dr. Goldenberg uses personal experience and patient case studies to illuminate the path to integrating chronic disease into a full and productive life. This book allows the layman to come to a deeper understanding of the whole mind/body concept of illness, pain and depression. It is very upbeat and sincere account of a life spent helping others and himself. Dr. Goldberg has just the right balance of expertise and compassion. An easy and enjoyable read with lots of helpful information and resources.
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Fibromyalgia is a nebulous and agonizing syndrome; I rejected the diagnosis four years ago, {Denial? Arrogance? ... who knows?}, but could not ignore the (very) recent research or the certainty of my rheumatologist.

Dr. Don Goldenberg's book on Fibromyalgia answers a multitude of questions in easy to understand language, with clinical expertise, and a personal component rendered by the journey of discovery, research, and treatment that he takes with his wife, Patty,... a person with Fibromyalgia.

I understood prior to reading the book that my chronic fatigue is part of Fibromyalgia; it is in competition with my pain,... I'm undone that I'm "done" at 4:00 p.m., I'm depressed and frustrated that my life is so limited ... I want to dance to blues- boogie at 10:00 p.m. like I used to..........., thanks to Dr. Goldenberg's education regarding "pacing", multi-faced stress, hormonal factors, ... ETC., ... I am hopeful that I just may dance again.

Dr. Goldenberg is comprehensive and offers the means to emotional, psychological, and physical relief. YOU WON'T REGRET BUYING HIS BOOK, and DO buy it from Amazon!
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