Recommended Reading

NEW! The Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Resource Book and Life Planner Workbook
by Dawn Hughes

A must resource for the millions of people affected by Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndromes. FMS and CFS, unlike well known and understood diseases like cancer, spring boards a journey for education, understanding and compassion. The book powerfully captures this journey, and is the first to provide patients, family and friends with the imperative resources to find support through their walk. In addition, The Life Planner, is a workbook that maps out a step-by-step guide for adapting and coping with the lifestyle changes fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue patients must face.

The book is divided into four sections:

The Syndromes: Provides an extensive look at the cause, diagnosis, symptoms, and treatments. From current research to clinical trials.

The Resources: A comprehensive listing of FMS/CFS books, medical journals, association newsletters, periodicals and video's, recommended by FMS/CFS Associations.

The Support: Worldwide listings of FMS/CFS Associations, as well as associations for sub categories of these syndromes. Including: Advocacy, pain management, alternative therapies and disability issues.

The Life Planner: From diagnoses to acceptance, The Life Planner details how to manage life emotionally and physically. A compassionate look at: What to expect, how to work through feelings, goal planning, worksheets and charts, exercise, nutritional choices, how to educate family and friends and work options.

Written by a fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue patient, the book outlines not only the journey for the patient, but gets to the heart of awakening family and friends to the devastating effects these illnesses cause, and provides the tools needed for years to come.

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"Every Good and Perfect Gift" by Brenda Jernigan.

Brenda is an FM/CFIDS survivor. She has written a brilliant novel. *Maggie Davidson has a vision of God, she states God is a woman, Maybe something you could keep quiet about, except shortly after her vision, Maggie is given the power to heal. The reaction to this turn of events depends entirely upon whom you talk to. . Alex Barrons, a student from Princeton comes to study the phenomenon. For Maggie and Alex, it becomes a lesson in faith and in love. When Lilah Davidson suffers a stroke and Maggie is unable to heal her, Maggie sends Alex away. In her dark night of the soul, Maggie searches for answers and finds them in the most unlikely places, the love of her granny, the courage of her mother, and the face of her illegitimate half sister. The faith to pray again, the faith to love again, these are the blessings of every good and perfect gift.

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Fibromyalgia and Chronic Myofascial Pain 2nd Ed: A Survival Manual

Its Here!
The 2nd Edition is now available
Fibromyalgia and Chronic Myofascial Pain
2nd Ed: A Survival Manual

Devin J. Starlanyl, Mary Ellen Copeland
(Paperback) 432 pages

An estimated 26 million Americans have either fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS), myofascial pain syndrome (MPS), or both in the form of an FMS/MPS complex. The volume by Starlanyl, a physician who specializes in the research and treatment of FMS/MPS and who has both conditions, and Copeland, a writer and FMS/MPS patient, discuss all aspects of both disorders. They also offer information on the latest medications, tips for bodywork, and suggestions for coping with family and work, getting support, and dealing with the healthcare system. Appendixes include lists of agencies and organizations and of audio and video aids. Both books are recommended for consumer health collections, but if only one can be purchased, Starlanyl and Copeland's work has the edge due to its greater scope and more comprehensive coverage.

Janet M. Coggan, Univ. of Florida Libs., Gainesville

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From Fatigued to Fantastic
by Jacob Teitelbaum
With more than 200,000 copies sold, the most authoritative book on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and fibromyalgia has been completely revised and updated.

From Fatigued to Fantastic! offers the most effective treatment plan to help people recover from these disorders, and will coincide with the publication of a groundbreaking study in the Journal of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome announcing the author's findings to the medical community. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFIDS) and fibromyalgia are illnesses characterized by severe long-term fatigue, achiness, "brain fog," and recurrent infections, among other symptoms. The conditions are frequently misdiagnosed and patients often receive confusing and misleading information from health practitioners.

Dr. Teitelbaum, one of the country's leading experts on CFIDS and fibromyalgia, has experienced and overcome these illnesses himself. In this revised edition of his landmark book, he examines the possible causes of the disorders and provides instructions for patients on how to eliminate them, using both natural and pharmacological methods. He offers compelling evidence that these disorders can be treated effectively, and provides the latest scientific research and cutting-edge discoveries about these diseases as well as sound, compassionate advice on dealing with them.

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PARTING THE FOG  The Personal Side of Fibromyalgia/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome By Sue Jones.

If you have FMS/CFS, you will not only relate to this book on a personal level, others who read it just may gain a clearer understanding of what you are going through. PARTING THE FOG is a candid account dealing with the reality of being an FMS/CFS sufferer. As the author herself has been stricken with this illness, respect is shown for the seriousness of FMS/CFS. Yet, humor is mingled with hardship and the pages are sprinkled with hope. 116 pages.

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Informed Consent: The Consumer's Guide to the Risks and Benefits of Volunteering for Clinical Trials by Ken Getz, Borfitz Deborah, Deborah Borfitz

Informed Consent is a 300-page book designed to assist patients, their family and advocates in making more informed decisions before giving their consent to volunteer for a clinical trial and during their participation. This first-of-its-kind consumer guidebook provides comprehensive facts and objective, expert commentary to assist patients and their advocates in understanding their rights and recourse as study volunteers, what to expect when participating in a clinical trial and how research professionals conduct studies on new drug therapies.

Written by Ken Getz and Deborah Borfitz, the book has been reviewed extensively by regulatory and research professionals, patient advocates and consumers. Specific topics covered in the guide include:
- Your rights as a volunteer, and how to protect them
- A detailed review of the clinical trial process
- How to determine if a clinical trial is right for you
- How to find and evaluate clinical trials
- Special considerations for vulnerable populations including children, prisoners and the elderly
- What to do when things go wrong
- A useful and practical appendix of reference information

Book Info
(Thomson) Provides information necessary to make an informed decision about participating in a clinical trial. Includes the consumer's rights, how to find and evaluate a clinical trial, a look at the informed consent process, and an appendix of practical reference information. For consumers. Softcover.

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The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook: Your Self-Treatment Guide for Pain Relief
by Clair Davies, N.C.M.T., Clair Davies

Trigger point therapy is a proven technique used for the relief of soft-tissue pain and dysfunction, including pain from repetitive strain injuries, accident trauma, and sports injuries, as well as fibromyalgia (pain in muscles, ligaments, and tendons) and related conditions. The author demonstrates massage techniques that relieve pain and promote a rapid return of mobility and function.

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Finding Our Way A Guide For Surviving Chronic Pain  By Pat Oreilly

If you live with chronic pain, you have to have a plan. A mindset that will allow you to carry on and find help. Pat's book is a well written, useful addition to my library. As of this date, it is available only online, but it will be available in a paperback format in a few weeks.

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The Fibromyalgia Relief Handbook
by Chet Cunningham

If you suffer from Fibromyalgia this book is for you. It deals with typical problems, like chronic muscle pain, fatigue, memory problems, sleeping problems, headaches, numbness, tingling, etc. and give you the latest information on its potential causes, treatments and how to alleviate symptoms.

The best thing about the book is that it offers alternative solutions that can help bring relief, where traditional medicine has been simply ineffective, including therapeutic massage, relaxation, exercise, nutritional advice, and more.

Written in an easy to understand manner and format, this book is definitely worthwhile.

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Fibromyalgia and the MindBodySpirit Connection : 7 Steps for Living a Healthy Life with Widespread Muscular Pain and Fatigue
by M.D., William B. Salt Ii, Edwin H. Season, M.D., William B. Salt
Do you know that fibromyalgia affects 10 times more women than men? Do you also know that fibromyalgia is almost always accompanied with fatigue and difficulty sleeping? And do you know that 30 - 70% of fibromyalgia sufferers also have irritable bowel syndrome and vice versa?

Fibromyalgia and the MindBodySpirit Connection, by William B. Salt II, M.D., and Edwin H. Season, M.D., helps people who suffer with fibromyalgia and those who also have arthritis. This patient-centered book presents a 7-step plan which empowers sufferers to focus on the power of the mind rather than on the pain of the body in order to reclaim health and feel better than ever before! It is the only book on fibromyalgia to describe a mind, body, spirit approach within a framework of the latest, state-of-the art scientific methodology.

Drs. Salt and Season will walk you through the 7 steps, from understanding the connection of your mind, body, and spirit, learning about fibromyalgia and myofascial pain, healing with diagnosis and education, making "the connection," emphasizing self-care and wellness, managing your fibromyalgia, and ending with taking action if symptoms persist. As expressed by Dr. Salt, "We believe symptoms can open the door to healing and a new way of living."

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