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Figuring out Fibromyalgia: Current science and the most effective treatments Paperback – January 15, 2011

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About the Author

Ginevra Liptan, MD, is a graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine, and is board-certified in internal medicine. After developing fibromyalgia as a medical student, she spent many years using herself as a guinea pig in a search for effective treatments. She is now medical director of the Frida Center for Fibromyalgia, and an associate professor at Oregon Health and Science University.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Visceral Books LLC; 1 edition (January 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982833970
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982833971
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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131 of 132 people found the following review helpful By Gary Cote on January 7, 2012
Format: Paperback
In my opinion, Dr. Liptan does a great job at presenting information in a very clear and basic manner. It was apparent to me shortly into the book that Dr. Liptan is a true patient advocate and is certainly not out to recommend any fad approaches and take our money! She does not offer false hopes or make any unrealistic claims- and she does not hesitate from politely criticizing those professionals and others who are marketing products or services that are questionable and/or clearly do not work. Note: In addition to her professional credentials as a medical doctor and adjunct professor at a research university, Dr. Liptan developed fibromyalgia just prior to her second year of medical school.

Here are some often asked questions about fibromyalgia with corresponding answers as translated from Dr. Ginevra's book:

What is at the root of fibromyalgia?

A malfunction in the regulatory processes that occur deep within the brain. It is in this area that the that master controller to the body's pain and stress response systems is found. For the individual with fibromyalgia, these systems become stuck in an overactive mode. From the book:

"Chronic overactivation of the stress response in the brain starts a chain reaction leading to poor deep sleep, muscle pain, and fatigue. Ultimately, all the symptoms of fibromyalgia stem from abnormal activation of the fight-or-flight nervous system."

What are the likely causes of fibromyalgia?

The start of the fibromyalgia chain reaction is likely a genetic predisposition along with a triggering event or two (e.g. accident, PTSD, childhood trauma and major illness). However, she notes that some individuals cannot seem to identify a triggering event.
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Tami Stackelhouse on May 11, 2011
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As a Certified Health Coach who specializes in helping women with fibromyalgia, I read a lot of information on fibromyalgia. "Figuring out Fibromyalgia" is definitely one of the top books I've read; it will be one I will be recommending over and over to my clients.

One of the things that impressed me most about Dr. Liptan's book is that she includes both traditional western approaches and CAM (complimentary and alternative medicine) approaches. Most books I read really lean one way or the other. As someone who has suffered from fibromyalgia myself -- and come through the other side, like Dr. Liptan -- I know first hand the value in both sides of that debate! Fibromyalgia is best treated with a mixture of therapies, not with one magic bullet.

I love the personal touch that Dr. Liptan provides by sharing her own journey of sickness and healing. It lent an authenticity to the book that would not have been there otherwise. It is much easier to believe someone who has "been there, done that" than it is to believe someone who has never walked in your shoes. Dr. Liptan is one of those people you can believe.

I was also fascinated by Dr. Liptan's theory that the pain we feel in fibromyalgia being caused by the fascia. This really rings true to me. Some of the most effective treatment I've received for some of my deeper leg pains have been with a massage therapist using a cupping technique, working on the deeper layers of fascia.

The only area where I might disagree a bit with Dr. Liptan is when she discusses some of the treatments that, in her opinion, aren't very effective. It was a little less than clear if Dr. Liptan was meaning that these treatments are ineffective for everyone with fibromyalgia.
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77 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Margo on March 15, 2011
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Since being diagnosed with Fibromyalgia I ordered and read any and every book from amazon with Fibromyalgia in the title. A lot of them are repeating what I already knew or outdated. This book does not do that. It was published in Jan 2011 making it extremely current. The information presented was thorough and easy to understand. It gave me hope and if you have Fibromyalgia you know how precious that is. Read it - I think it will help
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 15, 2011
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Thank you to Dr. Ginevra Liptan for writing this book for all of us who suffer daily with Fibromyalgia.

My symptoms and complaints to my doctors began two weeks after a hysterectomy. Fast foward almost 7 years later when a doctor finally listened to my complaints and sent me to a rheumatologist who diagnosed me as having Fibromyalgia who informed me that there was absolutely no reason why I was not given the diagnosis years prior.

Since 2007 I have read virtually every book, article, and study related to Fibromyalgia and yet never felt like I had been given any true information. Dr. Ginevra Liptan words changed that. I know feel empowered and more importantly I feel like I have a better understanding of this horrible syndrome.

I purchased the kindle version, but honestly, I believe that I should have purchased the actual paperback so I could highlight passages, and share the book with my doctor! I plan on talking to my doctor about the ELISA/ACT blood testing at my next appointment.

If you have fibromyalgia, or believe you may have fibromyalgia, I promise you that this will be the last book that you will need to spend your money on!!

Dr. Ginevra Liptan, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for writing this book.
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