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Good Living With Fibromyalgia (Arthritis Foundation's Guide to Good Living with Fibromyalgia) Paperback – March 30, 2006


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  • Series: Arthritis Foundation's Guide to Good Living with Fibromyalgia
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Arthritis Foundation; 2 edition (March 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0912423498
  • ISBN-13: 978-0912423494
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,657,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Myrtle on February 20, 2007
I have had fibromyalgia for several years, but only received my diagnosis about 14 months ago. I initially purchased "Fibromyalgia for Dummies" and "Idiots Guide to Fibromyalgia" for basic help and information. I found both of those a little too simplified for my needs. I then purchased this book, along with its companion workbook.

This book is an excellent resource with reliable information. It provides you with information and tools to make treatment and lifestyle choices that work for YOU. Medications and alternative treatments are covered briefly, but with enough information to get you started in the right direction. Just about every topic of living that is impacted by fibromyalgia is covered with things you can try to feel better. There are short occasional real-life fibromyalgia stories for inspiration, and to let you know you are not alone. Excellent techniques, suggestions, exercises, and help in general throughout. This book will not help you file for disabilty. (And fibromyalgia CAN be totally disabling for many). What it does do is guide you with proven advice, suggestions, and techniques to implement in your life, as you are able, to improve your quality of life.

I certainly have not followed every suggestion, and I am far from pain and fatigue-free from reading this book, but it has improved aspects of my life and provided me with useful information. Whenever I have a flare, I turn to this book to remind me I will feel better on some days, there are simple things I can do to feel a little better and more in control, and most of all, I am not alone. I recommend it as a trustworthy guide to improving your quality of life tiny bit by tiny bit.

I would also recommend "Natural Treatments for Fibromyalgia" by the Arthritis Foundation for reliable information on many prescription medication alternatives.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Potter Bosky on October 12, 2006
If you are really brand spankin' new to FMS, you may learn something here. Otherwise look elsewhere. Something that really bugged me about this book, is that it didn't once mention anything about work and keeping a job. My FMS is so severe I cannot work and am seeking disability. I've tried everything I can possibly try also - from supplements to drugs, exercise to physical therapy, etc. The book is a big failure for not even mentioning disability. It also rehashes that tired old advice of "exercise and you'll feel better." Junk advice. Telling us the pain we feel is good pain and to fight through it. Yeah right. Some of us actually do have muscular damage from FMS and the fact that we miss out on micro-muscle repair that should be had through stage 4 sleep does indicate that we can acquire damage to our muscles. This book reads like it was written 1998 - 2000 and not updated properly to reflect new evidence and studies that have been conducted (save for mentioning of substance P and IGF-1). The book is more of a "get yourself feelin' happy" workbook. Useless for us severely impacted individuals who've already been through the medical system and back out. Its recommendation of following the food pyramid is absurd especially for those with co-morbid candidiasis (yeast and mold) problems. A book I highly recommend is "Taking Charge of Fibromyalgia: Everything You Need to Know to Manage Fibromyalgia, Fifth Edition" The only reason I give it 2 stars was for the easy to read layout of the book and the pictoral depictions of some stretches.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By grammasue7 on January 30, 2010
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This is another book that would be great for the newly diagnosed. Along with the workbook this is a wonderful aid to help your spouse, other family members, and close friends who are interested in learning what the FMS patient is going through and want to offer their help and support.
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