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Taking Charge of Fibromyalgia: A Self-Management Program for Your Fibromyalgia Syndrome, Fourth Edition Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 1998
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this book was a delightful surprise. it is 288 pages of pure education. a one stop shop for advice. -- fms community book review online 6/27/2005/Jane Kohler
this is a thorough volume that contains something for everyone, no matter where they are in managing their FM. -- book review national fibromyalgia association online vol6/no2 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Rosalie Devonshire, MSW, LCSW is an FMS counselor at the Fibromyalgia Treatment Centers of America in Chicago, IL, providing stress management, biofeedback and psychotherapy treatment to FMS patients. They have both lectured extensively on fibromyalgia and bring a persnal understanding to their audiences, because they, too, live with this condition.
Romano is a compassionate and dedicated rheumatologist.
Flechas is a family practitioner in North Carolina who works with many patients who have fibromyalgia and patients with chronic fatigue and immune dysfunction syndrome.
Fransen is Director of the Arthritis Care Program and Fibromyalgia Treatment Program, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis, MN.
Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D., is the medical director of the Center for Effective CFS/Fibromyalgia Therapies in Annapolis, Maryland. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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The 2005 edition chronicles the history of fibromyalgia (FMS), introduces the latest research and treatment options, plus advises how to recognize if you have FMS and/or chronic fatigue syndrome. Traditional elements address disability, work, sleep and exercise, medications, along with an appendix of physician protocols and an exhaustive compilation of resource material. Newbie information features FMS and men, pregnancy, an excellent section for support group leaders and a much needed index. A listing of useful laboratory tests added to the diagnosis section, along with a symptom checklist, are helpful tools for determining treatment options. Other self-educating (and thus empowering) tools include a sleep log, exercise and medication diary, a personal activity chart and journal pages for self talk, stress management, coping and support. My favorite is the "Journal for days when I hurt page"! Its fill-in-the blanks format focuses on the positive instead of the pain. Plus, a one page summary of the book lets you see at a glance what steps you need to start taking charge immediately.
Understanding how or why you hurt is important for managing the most difficult symptom of FMS; pain. Notably, the revised Research section gives a thorough explanation of the possible causes of pain, as well as how a person with FMS processes (more)pain. Although the complexities of neurochemicals and nerve hypersensitization sounds intimidating, this difficult material is turned into easily understood language for readers. And knowledge is power.
Even if you have a previous edition, the comprehensive, 100 page update makes it worth plunking down the purchase price for the 2005 Edition. The best self-help book is the kind that gives you the maximum, most effective tools to be successful. Taking Charge empowers the reader to do just that. Need I say more? Don't wait; buy the book!
Huge thanks for the writer as she did an outstanding job and encompassing everything we deal with daily!