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The Fibromyalgia Help Book: Practical Guide to Living Better with Fibromyalgia Paperback – December 29, 1997

ISBN-13: 978-0961522148 ISBN-10: 0961522143 Edition: 13th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Smith House Press; 13 edition (December 29, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0961522143
  • ISBN-13: 978-0961522148
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.6 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #907,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book will be extremely helpful to the entire fibromyalgia community. -- Daniel J. Clauw, M.D., Division of Rheumatology, Immunology, and Allergy, Georgetown University Medical Center

Without a doubt, it is the most complete, factual and readable guide that has yet come on the market. -- Carol S. Burckhardt, R.N., Ph.D., Division of Arthritis and Rheumatic Diseases, Oregon Health Science University

About the Author

Jenny A. Fransen is a rheumatology nurse clinician and director of the Arthritis Care Program and Fibromyalgia Treatment Program at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, MN. Fransen has worked with thousands of patients with fibromyalgia.

Dr. Jon Russell, M.D., Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, where he is also Director of the Univeristy Clinical Research Center. Russell is an internationally recognized researcher and clinical practitioner caring for patients with musculoskeletal pain disorders.


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Ths book was full of great information.........very detailed but easy to understand.
Krista L. Lange
When my doctor told me he thought I had fibromyalgia, I thought "Oh, great! A garbage can diagnosis--he's telling me something just to keep me happy."
Gloria E. Salavarria (skaggs@michiana.org)
This book tells it all for anyone suffering from fibromyalgia or for someone who has a family member or friend with it.
Lewis J. Erickson

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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful By drdebs on July 5, 2000
Format: Paperback
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.
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57 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Gloria E. Salavarria (skaggs@michiana.org) on July 23, 1998
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When my doctor told me he thought I had fibromyalgia, I thought "Oh, great! A garbage can diagnosis--he's telling me something just to keep me happy." I had gone through every pamphlet on the office wall and this was the last one he had that he could hand to me. It didn't make me feel any better. I still have the sleep disorder, the chronic pain and fatigue. I have periods in which I can be semi-normal, and other periods when I'm a zombie. My employer gave up on me and my government doesn't believe I have a disability that should be covered by SSDI. Meanwhile, I suffer.
So, it's a relief to find a book that helps me make sense of this. I still feel rotten but I feel more comfortable with the diagnosis, and I now have answers that may help me reclaim a more normal life. That's more than I thought possible before reading this book. This book is recommended by the Fibromyalgia Network as a good starting point and reference for those who have fibromyalgia, and for their ! families who need to know what to make of it. I agree.
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49 of 54 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 18, 1999
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This book has brought peace of mind and a greater understanding of what is happening in my body. No one enjoys chronic pain and it is confusing to feel so full of pain everywhere one day and then feel better the next only to ache worse the following day. This book makes one realize that this is part of the syndrome. It offers hope and acceptance and is easy to understand.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 12, 1998
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There are many books on Fibromyalgia Syndrome out there, many offer what is implied as the "quick fix". Well gang there IS no quick fix! BUT if you really want to learn more about your FM then this is the book you need to buy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Krista L. Lange on August 10, 2007
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Ths book was full of great information.........very detailed but easy to understand. It had great exercise ideas and life modifications. I would highly recommend this to anyone who has been diagnosed or believes they may have Fibromyalgia.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn M. Smith on October 16, 2011
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very helpful book,alot of interesting facts and examples of how to help with having the condition i am very much looking forward to know getting more answers finally
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By Lewis J. Erickson on February 3, 2010
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This book tells it all for anyone suffering from fibromyalgia or for someone who has a family member or friend with it. It's easy reading and even tells you how to deal with the image the rest of the world and even bosses and co-workers have of the condition because it is so different for each person dealing with it. There's alot of misunderstanding and unbelief out there but with this book I was able to purchase from Amazon.com it helped me to change people's views on the subject if even just to recognize that maybe it might NOT be "just in your head". I highly recommend it also for the legal help it includes and I've guided may folks to seek help, get questions answered, or at least recognize that fibromyalgia is real.
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By DJ on March 7, 2009
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I really have not had time to travel through this book yet but in my glancing of it, it does look pretty good. Fibromyalgia is a syndrome that really makes you tired and unfocused so it is hard to find time to sit and actually read. But on a good day you can, I just don't have good days in the winter time, due to the syndrome. So once I feel good again, I will read it for next winter suggestions.
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