- Series: Living Well
- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Stated First Edition edition (March 2, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060521252
- ISBN-13: 978-0060521257
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,362,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Living Well with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You...That You Need to Know Paperback – March 2, 2004
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About the Author
Diagnosed with a thyroid disease in 1995, Mary J. Shomon has transformed her health challenges into a mission as an internationally known patient advocate. She is the founder and editor in chief of several thyroid, autoimmune, and nutrition newsletters, as well as the Internet’s most popular thyroid disease website, www.thyroid-info.com. She lives in Kensington, Maryland.
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Mary Shoman did all the homework that I would like to have done when I was so sick, but when you're flat on your back on the couch and you can barely move, it's kind of hard to do much. She talks about regular drugs, vitamins, herbs, diet, alternative things you can do, and includes a list of experts from around the country who specialize in treating fibromyalgia and CFIDS. There's a long list of web sites -- I'm going to start checking them out as soon as I finish writing this review -- and suport groups even.
I've read a few of the books on fibromyalgia and they were pretty good, but this one really made sense to me. It doesn't tell me that one particular thing will cure me, but it goes through how I can find out what's going to work best for me. And it was really good to see that I'm already doing some of the things she talks about in the book, so that tells me that my doctor and I aren't totally off base. I'm about 75% back to where I was before I got fibro, but I want to feel 100%.
I can't wait to bring it in to my doctor to talk about some more things we might be able to try that I read about!
The author then turns her attention to aetiology and treatment options. As far as aetiology is concerned, all the usual suspects (and then some) are covered: infections (mycoplasma, chlamydia, borrelia burgdorferi [Lymes], herpesviruses [e.g., HHV-6], "stealth" viruses, candida albicans ["yeast'], even Q-fever), immune dysfunction (autoimmunity, Th1/Th2 imbalance, low NK levels), endocrine and HPA disorders (hypoadrenalism, hypothyroidism, "thyroid resistance", HGH [growth hormone] deficiency), CNS and ANS dysfunction, allergies and chemical sensitivities (food allergies, airborne allergens, neurotoxins, heavy metals, mercury), musculoskeletal factors (trigger points, post-traumatic FM) and sleep disorders.
Among the treatments discussed are antibiotics (ciprofloxacin [Cipro], erythromycin, acyclovir, fluconazole [Diflucan]) and botanicals (garlic, olive leaf extract, echinechia, caprylic acid) for infections, hormone supplementation (HGH, thyroid [Armour, Cytomel], adrenal [Cortef, prednisone]) for endocrine and HPA disorders, immune modulators and allergen avoidance or desensitization for problems involving the immune system, detoxification treatments (removal of dental amalgams, chelation), trigger-point massage for musculoskeletal problems, and the use of mineral and vitamin supplements (magnesium, B-12, and ascorbic acid, to mention the more important ones) for improving overall metabolic function.
The book concludes with chapters on finding (and working with) a knowledgeable doctor, and on creating a comprehensive plan for improved health.
Although coverage in this book is very broad, it is not particularly deep; do not expect penetrating discussions concerning the ins and outs of specific treatments. However, if you are seeking interesting and useful tidbits that can be followed up in greater depth elsewhere, this book is an excellent source with the flavor of good journalism or of an informative and useful website. It should, perhaps, be noted that "Living Well With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia" is one of three "Living Well" books written by Mary J. Shomon.
Jeffrey Owen Katz, Ph.D.
P.S. My wife has fibromyalgia and so I read almost every book on the subject that I can find as well as engage in original research.
Overall, I found the book to be a rich and helpful source of information for anyone suffering from this condition.
I would suggest complementing this book with others, however, as it isn't an all-inclusive source of information on CFIDS. Additionally, research has taught me that CFIDS/Fibromyalgia aren't conditions in and of themselves, but often manifestations of other illnesses, including Lyme Disease. For treatment of either condition to be effective, possibilities of other illnesses should be investigated and ruled out.
Finally, this book, as most others dealing with CFIDS, did not deal much with past emotional trauma and how this can be stored in the body and manifest as physical illness. For anyone who suspects that this factor has played a role in the development of his/her illness, finding information that deals with this aspect of healing is absolutely vital for recovery.