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Fibromyalgia for Dummies (For Dummies)

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The pain you suffer from fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is not in your imagination. FMS is a real medical problem that can be as debilitating and demoralizing as it is mysterious. Fibromyalgia For Dummies, Second Edition, brings you the latest scientific findings on the symptoms and causes of this disease and guides you toward proven, practical steps you can take reduce or e ...more
ebook, 360 pages
Published January 3rd 2008 by For Dummies (first published September 15th 2002)
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Having just been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, this book was a very good, easy-to-read (yet it included some technical info explained for the lay person) general overview of the various aspects of Fibromyalgia. It included information on the latest research, treatments, and medications. It covered the variety of symptoms, treatment options, and a variety of ways to manage it. For a newbie to the world of fibromyalgia, this was a great introductory book.
Cheryl Matheson
Aug 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An amazing, extensive research into what Fibromyalgia really is. It holds nothing back and I've even had to take the books to my doctor's appointments in the beginning and sometimes still now, which is noted in the book. Some people give you dirty looks like, "I'm the doctor here!" -- but this was written by a doctor and if you have no insurance like me, then letting them know that sometimes you have to take painkillers for flare-ups and breakthrough pain and showing them the proof that they DO ...more
Feb 14, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good book for basic information about Fibromyalgia from symptoms to treatments.
Dec 04, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who has a loved one with fibromyalgia
Shelves: nonfiction
I was pleasantly surprised when I picked this up at work to read, because I have a bit of an attitude about all of the 'Dummies' books. Granted, it didn't have any groundbreaking information or tell me stuff I didn't already know about fibromyalgia (although I'd forgotten some things, so it was helpful in that respect) but is concise and easy to follow and understand and is a great starting point for the newly diagnosed. Ideally, I'd give it to every close friend and family member or even workma ...more
Deborah Martinez
his book is written in layman's terms and is great if you think you may have signs of Fibromyalgia. I have thought I had it, but the doctors did not agree until I pointed out a few signs that I had learned from this book. I am a chronic headache/migraine sufferer as well with signs of Fibromyalgia on top of it. I am glad I bought this book, and it was very informative - it is an easy read - and easy to highlight and write notes in. I would highly recommend this book if you or someone you know su ...more
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a really good overview for all fibro sufferers, from the newly-diagnosed to those of us who have had it a little longer.

It covers pretty much all relevant aspects: Symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, food, exercise. It also gives detailed information on how it affects the body.

I definitely recommend for anyone who suffers. I probably wouldn't recommend to people who know/love someone with fibro. It goes into more detail than you probably need.
donna mcallister
Good first grade after diagnosis

This book is written in an easy-to-read manner . It offers many ideas and solutions and covers the topic well . It is a good read for anyone diagnosed with fibromyalgia or wanting to better understand fibromyalgia .
Sep 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very American-centric. Some good information.
Jorge Rodighiero
An useful introduction
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
very informative and easy-reading pace.
Joshua Bertram
The writing style is bad, as is typical for these "Dummies" books, but at least you're getting good content from an expert on the subject. This book is a pretty comprehensive run-down of all aspects of FMS, covering the science, treatments ranging from pharmaceutical to lifestyle changes, and even chapters on supporting others who have FMS. I appreciated that it comes well-researched and presents the science for you to see. It doesn't feel like a pseudoscience trend book or come off like it's tr ...more
Susi Mirick
Dec 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
took a long time to read because i was only reading it in the "little" room....but it is chock full of information (some of it is outdated) but nonetheless a lot of it actually helped and now i have a plan with my doctor and will use the book for reference from time to time
Oct 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was great! It was very helpful during the process of receiving my diagnosis. This book is very informative and helped me understand this condition and how to deal with the transition that is coming after a diagnosis. Don't let the cover fool you!
Sep 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reference
Very helpful book if you want to get information about fibromyalgia quickly. Written so anyone can understand it, and even though it's from 2007 it still has information that's applicable in the medical field now.
Feb 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone with Fibromyalgia
Shelves: helpful, medical
One of the best books to read when learning about Fibromyalgia. I've been diagnosed for years now and I am still learning. Seems I can blame almost everything on Fibromyalgia as much as I don't want to, it's true. Or so it seems!
Aug 01, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had a lot of good info.

I will keep it to Ref from time to time
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good information, easy to read, and easy to understand.
Emma Long
Mar 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
lots of good self help suggestions. The only downfall for me was that it was american so a lot of the medication info was not applicable.
I flipped through this after checking it out from the library. It was okay. Probably a good resource for someone who was just diagnosed.
Aug 17, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Good resource for the newly diagnosed. However no new news!
Debra Martin
An easy to read beginners guide to explaining Fibro, and the varied treatments available.
Jul 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Helpful informtion for a new patient.
Lesley Galloway
Nov 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book gives you lots of information about fibromyalgia. It is easy to read and breaks down the information into easy to understand paragraphs.
Jul 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Easy read.... Full of accurate information on fibromyalgia.
Bethann Gasparini
Jun 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help
Good resource book if you are newly diagnosed or think you may have fibromyalgia. Very informative in explaining symptoms and how the body processes pain. A good place to go for reassurance!
Ginger Essink
Jan 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Extremely helpful, and easy to skim or read in depth.
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