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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: DiaMedica; 1 edition (April 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982321961
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982321966
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #605,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dawn Marcus, M.D. is a board-certified neurologist and professor at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center who specializes in pain management, with a special focus on fibromyalgia research and treatment. Dr. Marcus has been the lead researcher for numerous studies investigating women's issues in pain management and gender differences in the pain experience. Her research has also focused on the holistic treatment of fibromyalgia and other pain complaints, including non-drug, complementary, and alternative treatments.

Atul Deodhar, M.D., is a Professor in the Division of Arthritis and Rheumatic Diseases at the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, OR.

More About the Author

Dawn Marcus graduated from the State University of New York at Syracuse medical school in 1986. She completed a neurology residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and is a professor at the University of Pittsburgh medical center. Dr. Marcus is a recognized international expert in chronic pain and headache, researching pain epidemiology, pathology, treatment, and women's issues. She has also authored numerous books on chronic pain and migraine, including 10 Simple Solutions to Migraine, for which she won the 2007 Excellence in Media Award from the National Headache Foundation, and The Womans' Migraine Toolkit and The Woman's Fibromyalgia Toolkit. In 2013, she was named among the Top 10 Social HealthMakers for "driving the online conversation" on migraine & headaches. She also conducts research into the benefits of the human:canine relationship, with articles published in major medical journals. She has been a consultant for Del Monte's "Power of Paws" program and is the author of numerous books promoting better human health through dog companionship, including Fit As Fido, The Power of Wagging Tails that received a 4th place Best Book of 2011 award, and Ever Faithful.

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This book has a lot of great information and ideas.
shannen
Just reading this book has helped me deal with the day to day frustrations associated with this condition.
Mary T.
I would definately recommend this book for anyone dealing with this condition and their loved ones.
Sandy Bunch

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 24, 2012
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I bought this book with hopes of new information but it read like a kid doing a report off the Internet. Most of the information in the book is studies that were done at different places around the world n the author kind of kept repeating it. You could find that information on the net yourself. I have a different book (Fibromyalsia & myofacial pain. A survival manual. Second edition) that is way more informational,gives you a lot more symptoms that come with this syndrome.
The only part I found useful was the section on stretches n some yoga moves but you can get that from a yoga for beginners DVD. All in all a waste of time n money. Get the referred book. You'll be pleased
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By tmtrvlr on May 25, 2012
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The Women's Fibromyalgia Toolkit contains current information including some of the changes in diagnosing fibromyalgia. There is now a larger umbrella of symptoms to help with the diagnoses. It also includes a diagram with the original diagnosis tender points. My personal opinion as someone who has been diagnosed with fibromyalgia is that the tender point chart gives a more accurate picture of the condition. I think the new criterion creates a muddled view of fibromyalgia.

There is a lack of organization in the book, but fortunately there is an index to help find all of the topics covered. There is a large section with suggested exercises complete with black and white photographs. Also included is information on nutrition, pain management drugs, symptom tracking charts, pain management through pregnancy, and what to discuss with your physician.

The Women's Fibromyalgia Toolkit is a good reference for the newly diagnosed with fibromyalgia or for someone who suspects they may be suffering from this syndrome and would like to know more about it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mary T. on September 29, 2012
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After being misdiagnosed for over a year I just found out that I do have fibromyalgia. I searched several sites looking for a good first book to help me understand this disorder along with treatment options and recommendations. Not only is the information up to date and knowledgeable, the way the book is designed is perfect for fibromyalgia patients. The chapters are concise and short with limited specific information. One chapter talks about "fibro fog" which is one of my biggest problems along with pain. It is difficult for me to concentrate on reading for long periods of time yet I am able to do so due to the writing style. Not only do I feel like I am reading about myself but as I go on I have hope, not dread about this diagnosis. Some books are out there with new and radical cures. "The Woman's Fibromyalgia Toolkit" provides a patient with sensible, proven options so that after reading this you can ponder what is best for you and be prepared for your next physician visit. Just reading this book has helped me deal with the day to day frustrations associated with this condition. Well worth my time and money.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By L. Blades on July 16, 2012
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The Women's Fibromyalgia Toolkit is a good reference to help understand this condition. The author has broken up the topics into four parts. Part I, explaining the basics of what Fibromyalgia is and isn't. Part II is about Fibromyalgia Symptoms and the Science behind the Disease. This is more detail about pain, sleep and tiredness, digestive issues, and emotional distress, also giving a brief history of Fibromyalgia. There is a section with charts showing the sensitive points used in diagnosing Fibro. The last chapter in Part II goes into the cause of Fibromyalgia. The biology of Fibromyalgia is discussed and mentions several conditions/situations that Fibro may cause or that may cause Fibro, touching also on Hormones and the role they may play in Fibromyalgia as a help or hindrance. The title of Part III is `Fibromyalgia Treatments That Really Work.' This covers exercise with a lot of pages given to pictures of exercises; an explanation of Yoga's guiding principles and more pictures. Other methods as Tai Chi, Massage, and Acupuncture are mentioned. Chapter 7 in Part III is Behavioral Strategies and Lifestyle Changes. A list of different options include cognitive-behavioral therapy, conditioning behavioral therapy changes, relaxation techniques, along with others that include stress and sleep management. Chapter 8 is a discussion of what Meds help and what doesn't. What supplements may or may not help. Chapter 10 is a long chapter on Pregnancy and Fibromyalgia. Part IV also has a segment on putting the knowledge into practice; like keeping charts of your progress to determine your improvement. Chapter 12 is a helpful chapter about talking to your doctor about Fibromyalgia; how to become an effective communicator to what questions to ask.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Denese White on January 5, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Good way to get started info is good, medications are discussed, exercise section is very good also, a good starter book
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Miranda on May 1, 2012
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This is probably the only Fibromyalgia I'd recommend to those who are newly diagnosed (or those diagnosed years ago but who never did any reading up on the disease). Most books I've seen delve a little too far into the unproven and fluffy treatments. This one is quite no-nonsense, with sensible advice and lots of statistics and information from various studies. Having the pictures and instructions for exercises is a nice touch, as it will probably spur people to actually try them sooner than they might otherwise.

The one thing I felt was missing from this book is some mention of how often Fibromyalgia tags along after other chronic pain conditions (and perhaps vice versa). Sadly, I know very few people who *only* have Fibromyalgia. I think this is important to note, since a different condition will have different aspects which need to be pointed out so that patients can be aware enough to notice a new symptom that doesn't quite fit. Many chronic pain ailments are time-sensitive in terms of how well treatments will work, so even when you have a diagnosis it's important to keep that awareness.

Editing wasn't the authors' strong suit. Sometimes the wording is awkward and the book could have been organized more effectively, but that doesn't affect the quality of the information and advice.
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