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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
on October 22, 2000
Format: Paperback
Thi is one of the best books written about fibromyalgia that I have read. Dr. Hammerly provides more information about this illness then I could ever imagine. He makes it clear that Fibromyalgia is not just a "women's" diease but strikes men and children also. My doctor told me that this illness is something only women get....(I am buying this book for him and taking it to him at my next appointment.) This book explains the 18 tender points and symptoms that can accompany fibromyalgia. Dr. Hammerly lists at least 20 accompanying symptoms and I highlighted 11 of these that I experience. Dr. Hammerly does an excellent job explaing conventional treatments and alternative therapys and he includes the side-effects of both conventional and herbal remedies. Another plus, is that Dr. Hammerly also states that it is absolutely necessary to have your doctor run specific tests in order to diagnose Fibromyalgia correctly and to treat any underlying condition that might exist or co-exist with fibromyalgia. This book is so informative, I recommend it to any one who has been told they have fibromyalgia.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on November 29, 2000
Format: Paperback
I am the "new kid on the block" having just been diagnosed with fibromyalgia at the age of 59. Not that the symptoms are new! It was good to be able to sit up during the night when I couldn't sleep and read this very educational book by a Medical Doctor. How wonderful that there are so many resources available to folks experiencing this and other maladies. Dr. Hammerly explains everything (and I mean EVERYthing) very clearly in a way that is almost comforting. I have searched the internet and was familiar with most of the terminology. Plus I experienced my first massage treatment yesterday and much of what I just read in his book was confirmed in my conversation with the therapist. I am just thrilled to know that there is this much information available in one book. My daughter borrowed this book for me from our library, but I am going to buy one for my primary physician (a D.O.), one for myself and one for a cousin who has been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Thank you for the opportunity to review this book!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on January 13, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book was fantastic, it covered all the traditional treatments for FM, along with the non-traditional. I am convinced that FM treatment must cover medications,supplements/vitamins,diet and exercise and this book is a guide to all of the above. Book was easy to read and follow. Definitely worth the money!!.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on September 24, 2002
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
This book advertised with great promise. What it really does is rehash the difference between traditional American Medicine (pill pushing, basically) and alternative (or ancient) treatments. If you don't know about certain types of alternative medicine, this might be ok for you. For me, it was a waste of time and money.
I'm sure the author's heart is in the right place though.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 21, 2007
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This is an excellent book. It combines therapies from conventional treatment to alternative/complimentary treatments. It is explained so that

it's easy to understand. I appreciate this book as it opens up the different approaches that maybe haven't been explained before as a choice.

Dr. Hammerly seems like he really cares about those who have fibromyalgia.
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on July 26, 2012
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
This book for useful for being newly diagnosed with fibromyalgia. It is written in a concise and easy to understand way. I was able to go well prepared to my next doctor appointment and had a conversation with him which I felt led to more personalized treatment as I do no want to take harsh medications unless all other treatment methods are not of use.
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on October 20, 2006
Format: Paperback
I've had FMS for over 7 years and have read a lot of books and material. Even though it is an older book, it was way ahead of its time. It's a lot of information to digest, and gets into some specifics about different things. I thing it's an excellent compliment to any fibromyalgics library.
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