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Making Sense of Fibromyalgia : New and Updated - Daniel J. Wallace

Making Sense of Fibromyalgia

New and Updated


Published: 21st February 2014
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Six million people in the United States meet the criteria for fibromyalgia, which is a disorder characterized by a combination of pain, fatigue, and related symptoms. On average, these patients see about four doctors before they are correctly diagnosed, and many are convinced they have a life-threatening illness such as an advanced stage of cancer. About $600 billion is spent annually in the United States to diagnose or manage chronic pain, including litigation fees, and it is estimated that fibromyalgia patients run up $20 billion in medical expenses annually. Despite these alarming numbers, there is a lack of understanding and a dearth of reliable information about fibromyalgia for patients.
This fully updated edition of Making Sense of Fibromyalgia distills complex concepts and symptoms into an easily understandable narrative. Daniel J. Wallace, a leading rheumatologist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and Janice Brock Wallace, an expert medical writer, have updated the original classic resource, which has sold over 100,000 copies since 1999.

Making Sense of Fibromyalgia provides clear answers to common questions, explains findings from the latest research, and discusses treatment options for complex symptoms. Detailed information is provided about topics such as who gets fibromyalgia and why; how stress, hormones, and your immune system interact and relate to fibromyalgia; what conditions are associated with it; why and how you might be misdiagnosed; how to overcome fibromyalgia; and how to understand your prognosis. The authors share all there is to know about the syndrome as well as how our understanding of it has changed over time. This comprehensive companion covers the entire spectrum of issues for those suffering from fibromyalgia, as well as their families, friends, caretakers, primary care physicians, and other health professionals.


Preface to the Second Edition

Fibromyalgia Made Simple: A Parable

1. How Our Understanding of Fibromyalgia Evolved

2. What is Fibromyalgia?

3. Who Gets Fibromyalgia and Why?

4. Why and How Do We Hurt?

5. What's Wrong with My Muscles?

6. How Do Stress, Sleep, Hormones, and the Immune System Interact and Relate to Fibromyalgia?

7. What is the Autonomic Nervous System?

8. Generalized Complaints

9. "I'm Stiff and Achy" -- Musculoskeletal Complaints

10. Tingles, Shocks, Wires, and Neurologic

11. Insights into Insides: Chest, Cardiovascular, and Other Concerns

12. What are the Regional and Localized Forms of Fibromyalgia?

13. What Conditions are Associated with Fibromyalgia?

14. Controversial Syndromes and Their Relationship to Fibromyalgia

15. What Happens at a Fibromyalgia Consultation?

16. Are You Sure It's Really Fibromyalgia?

17. I'm Not Crazy!

18. Influences of Lifestyle and Environment on Fibromyalgia

19. The Influence of Exercise and Rehabilitation on the Mind and Body

20. How to Overcome Fibromyalgia

21. Evalulating Medicines that Work for Fibromyalgia

22. Drugs that May Be Useful in Fibromyalgia Patients: An Overview

23. The Economic Burden of Fibromyalgia, Work and Disability

24. What's the Prognosis?

25. The Future Holds a Lot of Hope

Appendix 1: Resource Information

Appendix 2: Glossary


ISBN: 9780199321766
ISBN-10: 0199321760
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 21st February 2014
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.1 x 17.3  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.37
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised