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Fibromyalgia and Chronic Myofascial Pain: A Survival Manual (2nd Edition) Paperback – June 30, 2001
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“Devin Starlanyl has a remarkable determination to help relieve mankind of unnecessary suffering. The guidance in this book an serve both practitioners who have yet to understand the nature of their own musculoskeletal aches and pains, and patients who are unable to find a practitioner adequately skilled in this neglected subject. The message of this book is a voice crying out in a wilderness of neglect.”
—David G. Simons, M.D., Clinical Professor of Medicine at Emory University
“In a 1997 book review, I extolled the extraordinary features of the first edition of Starlanyl and Copeland’s Survival Manual. As caregivers to FMS/MPS patients and sufferers themselves, their advice in the book was superbly tuned to readers’ needs. Now, in this second edition, Starlanyl and Copeland have outshone themselves. Having updated the Survival Manual and enhanced its laudable features, they have made an already valuable book almost priceless.”
—Dr. John C. Lowe, Director of Research, Fibromyalgia Research Foundation, Board Certified, American Academy of Pain Management
—Richard Finn, Director, Academy for Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy, coauthor, Myofascial Pain Syndrome: Manual Trigger Point & S-EMG Therapies
“Devin Starlanyl and her work are incredible resources to the fibromyalgic community. She has tirelessly researched her subject and freely and lovingly shared it with those who have suffered pain and disability.”
—Dr. Craig N. Anderson, D.C., past president of the Vermont Chiropractic Association
About the Author
Devin Starlanyl specializes in education in the field of fibromyalgia and chronic myofascial pain. She is the past director of the Fibromyalgia and Chronic Myofascial Pain Institute and serves as facilitator for the FMS and CMP support group at a local hospital. A consultant and clinical researcher who assists FMS/CMP patients through FIBROM-L listserv, an Internet support group, Devin Starlanyl also maintains a comprehensive Web site about FMS and CMP (http://www.sover.net/~devstar). She is the coauthor of the first edition of Fibromyalgia & Chronic Myofascial Pain Syndrome and author of The Fibromyalgia Advocate, and as someone with both conditions, writes as one who understands “from the inside.”
Mary Ellen Copeland, M.S., M.A., is coauthor of the first edition of Fibromyalgia & Chronic Myofascial Pain Syndrome and also knows firsthand the consequences of FMS/CMP. A distinguished teacher, writer, and lecturer, Ms. Copeland is the author of Healing the Trauma of Abuse, The Depression Workbook, Living Without Depression and Manic Depression, The Worry Control Workbook, The Loneliness Workbook, and Winning Against Relapse. Her audiotape, Living with Depression and Manic Depression, and her videotape, Coping with Depression, are widely used by therapists and depression clinics.
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It is easy to read right through. I picked up lots of information (that my doctor didn't know) about what is going on inside my body, and how to live and/or deal with it. It helps that the authors are also fellow sufferers of the disease, and they give their own insights and experiences as well as reviewing research and opinions of others.
After receiving the book back from another friend who has had a diagnosis recently, I am now flicking through it and reminding myself of things I had forgotten (because there is so much to absorb about the disease) and picking up new hints and tips for coping with this monster.
I expect this is a book I will continue to refer to for a long time to come, and I am recommending it to anyone I meet who has the disease. Also very good for explaining to friends and family what is going on with your life, as there is not much actually visible, and most people, including some doctors, think you are complaining about nothing.
It saved my life as well. This book suggests coping skills necessary to live through a severe FM/MPS flare.
Depressing? Ahem. As the leading cause of death among fibromites is suicide-- yeah, this isn't a fun disease that people make up to get attention. If I had cancer, no doctor would ever tell me "Well, its all in your head and if you want to get better you will." WHY is this acceptable for those of us with severe biochemical disturbances??
Find a good doctor, don't give up trying to find a schedule of medications and life that will allow you to function. You can come out on the other side, and you won't believe how beautiful it is just to go for a walk and *enjoy* without the pain. It can happen.
I found this book extremely depressing & unfocused, with far too much extraneous information of questionable value. In addition, I believe that the authors may be deliberately attempting to deceive the reader about their credentials, and lifted too much material from other sources. Perhaps most distressing, however, are the long chapters on every conceivable new-age alternative therapy and the campy tone of pseudo science that prevails, which will undoubtedly reinforce the medical community's views of FMS & CMP as "fad" or "yuppie" diseases.
My recommendation: Get Clair Davies excellent "Trigger Point Therapy Workbook" as a start. It is everything that this book is not - Very focused, empowering, and immediately applicable to help you start feeling better NOW. In addition, Davies is such a consummate perfectionist that, though he isn't a doctor, (and says so up front) he clearly has acquired detailed knowledge of Anatomy which may even surpass that of many in the Medical community.
Now, let me discuss some of the reasons why I titled this review "Greatly Disappointed.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had one of the older copies of this book and loved it. I'm glad they updated it. Very informative for us fibro people.Published 13 days ago by Franklin W Whitcomb
Good in-depth info and advice. I wish I had gotten this info earlier so that I would stop doing things to exacerbate my fibromyalgia. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Margarite Mitchell
I'm still sifting thru all of the information in this book and can't wait to discuss with my doctor. Read morePublished 1 month ago by DebinDetroit
This book has changed my life. I am a very logical and rational thinker and was worried this book would be rather woo-woo. It is not. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Anna P.
The book is different than the first in that it contains even more and new information with great pictures of the sites of fibromyalgia and as an RN I highly recommend it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ruth Jolicoeur