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Your Symptoms Are Real: What to Do When Your Doctor Says Nothing Is Wrong Hardcover – October 1, 2007
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If you're one of the millions of people who suffer from debilitating pain or chronic fatigue that has gone undiagnosed, it is possible that your symptoms are caused by an "invisible illness" such as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), fibromyalgia (FM), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), or multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS). Because your symptoms are undetectable, your doctor may have misdiagnosed you or told you there's nothing wrong, or, worse yet, that it's all in your head.
Now help is at hand. In this insightful book, Dr. Benjamin Natelson draws on his eighteen years of dedicated research into "invisible illnesses" that defy medical explanation to reassure you that your symptoms are real and empower you to take charge of your health with a step-by-step blueprint to wellness. First, he addresses youyour feelings, your symptoms, and the options available to you despite the diagnoses or treatments you may have already received. Next, he arms you with the simple tools you need to seek out the doctors and specialists who are most likely to recognize and treat your symptoms and explains how to talk with them so that they'll actually listen. Finally, he explains the dietary, medicinal, and gentle physical conditioning programs that can gradually help relieve your symptoms and offers a look at the cutting-edge research and promising treatments that are on the horizon.
You'll learn how alternative treatments such as acupuncture and hypnosis and stress relievers (including exercise and imaging techniques) can help ease your symptoms. You'll also discover how to budget your energy effectively in order to work with your fatigue and how changing whatand howyou eat can help you feel better. Throughout the book, Dr. Natelson includes case histories sharing lessons others have learned along the way to taking charge of their health.
If youlike millions of othersfeel alone and powerless against the chronic pain and fatigue you're faced with every day, this book is the weapon you need to take charge of your health and get your life back.
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Your Symptoms Are Real
"Thank God for this book. It provides the help that millions of Americans with 'silent illnesses' like chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia have been waiting for. Dr. Natelson is a brilliant and compassionate clinician who covers the best treatments that medical science has to offer, along with a thorough consideration of complementary approaches. Short of cloning him, this book offers the specific help you need to work in partnership with your own physician."
Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., author of
Minding the Body, Mending the Mind
"Natelson is the kind of doctor every patient is looking for: smart, thoughtful, empathetic, and supportive. Reading Your Symptoms Are Real is the next best thing to having a world-renowned specialist managing your case."
Charles W. Lapp, M.D., Director of the Hunter-Hopkins Center
and Assistant Consulting Professor at Duke University Medical Center
"Do not throw up your hands and give up when one doctor after another tells you there is nothing wrong with youinstead, read this book! Benjamin Natelson is the person you have been looking for to guide you on your path to recovery."
Sandra Blakeslee, coauthor of The Body Has a Mind of Its Own
"Natelson superbly incorporates research studies, clinical trials (even on drugs in development), and patient case reports in this book. If you are battling pain and fatigue symptoms but your tests are all normal, you will enjoy reading Natelson's pro-patient approach to explaining the real nature of your illness, his recommended treatment approaches, and how to cope with everything that is going on in your life."
Kristin Thorson, editor of the Fibromyalgia Network and President of the American Fibromyalgia Syndrome Association
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Top Customer Reviews
First he takes the reader on a fascinating journey into the realm of a doctor encountering this mysterious and frustrating disease. As he winds his way through the possible causes and treatments for FM and ME/CFS he carefully explains why he does and does not use embrace one treatment or another. An engaging writer, he draws us skillfully and painlessly into the complex world of ME/CFS research. A prolific researcher, towards the end of the book we gain some intriguing insights into his latest findings and some new therapies I haven't seen discussed before.
Dr. Natelson's views may not fit everyone (not unusual in this field!) but when physician of his experience speaks (and he speaks very well) everyone should give him a listen. All in all a thoroughly engaging and above all educational book by one of our foremost researchers and physicians.
Dr. Natelson imparts a hopeful and optimistic attitude to the patient who is weary of dealing with a skeptical medical field. Particuarly, the chapters which outline options for those wanting to exercise to maintain their independence and abilities; he is measured and practical keeping in mind the fear of flares or relapse potential if pushed beyond one's limitations. This book is filled with a blend of past and present treatments and research information. It is a rational, measured approach by one who has listened. observed and studied this area for many years. It is definitely well worth one's time and energy. Sue
( New Jersey)
Even though Dr. Natelson's book is helpful for doctors, it is written in a way that is also very easy for patients to understand. If he needs to bring up something in one part of his book, such as problems with sleep, in reference to the current topic, but the detailed discussion of that topic comes later in the book, he tells the reader that he will go into it in detail in a specific subsequent chapter. At the end of each chapter, he includes a very helpful summary, and tells the reader what he will discuss next. These writing techniques make the book easy to understand (especially for those of us with CFS "brain fog"), and also provides a reference book of information at our fingertips.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love the book, however, I wasn't thrilled that its a library copy...Published 17 months ago by Daniel
A fine exploration of chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and their relationship to depression and other co-morbid conditions, by a noted practitioner who is knowledgable and... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Magda S.
Good information. One of the books I will put in my CFIDS library of reference. I am always grateful to find current information regarding my illness.Published on March 14, 2013 by Brenda
Everyone should read this book, especially your physician. As a computer programmer with very little knowledge of biochemistry or medicine, I found this extremely well... Read morePublished on April 16, 2012 by ChronicallyLogical
This is a helpful book for those suffering from undiagnosed illnesses, such as fibromyalgia. It is especially good in the early section on the doctor's initial observations of the... Read morePublished on August 25, 2011 by phillyrich
What patients told they have 'CFS' need is a real diagnosis, not advice from 'CFS' experts. CFS is always a misdiagnosis. Read morePublished on September 20, 2009 by Jodi-Hummingbird
This is a very well written book, about health issues that are commonly swept under the rug, or over looked by some heath care providers! Read morePublished on January 7, 2009 by Jamie H.
Dr. Natelson is a physician and researcher in the fields of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. He gives hope to those suffering from fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. Read morePublished on December 27, 2008 by Amazon Customer
Dr. Natelson is one of the nation's leading experts on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Fibromyalgia, and other illnesses that tend to baffle many doctors and patients. Read morePublished on October 18, 2008 by Thomas J. Herling