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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't wait to buy this book!, February 17, 2006
This review is from: Taking Charge of Fibromyalgia: Everything You Need to Know to Manage Fibromyalgia, Fifth Edition (Paperback)
If you've never heard of Taking Charge of Fibromyalgia, where have you been? The original 1993 publication has survived more than a decade, primarily due to co-authors Rosalie Devonshire and Julie Kelly consistently updating this classic. To my delight, the newest version includes an expanded chapter on nutritional and alternative (complementary) therapies.

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!
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