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The First Year: Fibromyalgia : An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed - Mari Florence

The First Year: Fibromyalgia

An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed

Paperback Published: 27th May 2003
ISBN: 9781569245217
Number Of Pages: 369

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Fibromyalgia affects between three and six million Americans—80 percent of whom are women—yet remains one of the most difficult conditions to identify and diagnose. In the tradition of the other titles in the First Year series, The First Year—Fibromyalgia uses a unique approach—guiding readers through their first seven days following diagnosis, then the next three weeks of their first month, and finally the next eleven months of their first year—to provide answers and advice that will help everyone newly diagnosed with fibromyalgia come to terms with their condition and the lifestyle changes that accompany it. Starting with the day of diagnosis, patient-experts Florence and Marek provide vital information about the nature of fibromyalgia, choosing the right doctors, treatment options, psychological issues, holistic alternatives, self-management strategies, illustrative charts and tables, and much more. The First Year—Fibromyalgia will be a supportive and educational resource for everyone who wants to take an active role in the management of their condition.

Forewordp. xiii
Introductionp. xvii
Living: Getting the Right Doctor to Diagnose Youp. 1
Learning: Relaying Your Symptoms to Your Doctorp. 6
Living: What Fibromyalgia Is--And Isn'tp. 10
Learning: Coming to Terms with a Complex Illnessp. 13
Living: Musculoskeletal Symptoms: Mapping Your Painp. 20
Learning: Taking a Closer Look at Your Painp. 26
Living: Some of it Is in Your Head: The Central Nervous Systemp. 33
Learning: Coping Strategies for CNS Symptomsp. 44
Living: Understanding IBS and How It Affects Your Lifep. 57
Learning: Strategies for Living with IBSp. 67
Living: The Pain and Shame of Genitourinary Syndromep. 73
Learning: Coping Strategies for Your Genitourinary Symptomsp. 81
Living: Dealing with All the Unanswered Questions and Symptoms of Fibromyalgiap. 89
Learning: Frequently Asked Questions about Fibromyalgiap. 102
First-Week Milestonep. 107
Living: Keeping Your Relationships Alive Even When You Don't Feel Wellp. 109
Learning: Introducing Fibromyalgia to Your Worldp. 118
Living: The Impact of Stressp. 122
Learning: Managing and Reducing Your Stressp. 126
Living: Exercise Can Heal Youp. 138
Learning: Planning Your Exercise Regimenp. 147
First-Month Milestonep. 157
Living: Working with Your Doctorp. 159
Learning: Follow-up Appointments with Your Doctorp. 165
Living: Hypoglycemia and Fibromyalgia Can Go Hand-in-Handp. 169
Learning: What You Need to Know about the Hypoglycemic Dietp. 176
Living: Medications and Fibromyalgia: A Double-Edged Swordp. 185
Learning: The Guaifenesin Protocol: A Possible Treatment Optionp. 198
Living: Alternative Therapiesp. 202
Learning: Physical Therapies That Might Help Youp. 213
Living: Putting Your Health House in Orderp. 220
Learning: Taking Charge of Your Overall Healthp. 233
Half-Year Milestonep. 239
Living: Fibromyalgia and the Workplacep. 241
Learning: Housework Is Real Work, Toop. 256
Living: Juggling Fibromyalgia and Your Personal Lifep. 260
Learning: Tips for Guysp. 268
Living: Take a Vacationp. 273
Learning: Practical Travel Advicep. 279
Living: Finding a Support Groupp. 289
Learning: Starting a Group That Works for Youp. 293
Living: Discovering Fibromyalgia in Other Family Membersp. 300
Learning: Should You Worry about Your Children?p. 308
Living: Staying Up to Date with New Resourcesp. 317
Learning: Searching the Internet for Resourcesp. 322
Medicationsp. 329
Supplementsp. 340
Notesp. 345
Glossaryp. 347
For Further Informationp. 357
Acknowledgmentsp. 363
Indexp. 365
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ISBN: 9781569245217
ISBN-10: 1569245215
Series: First Year
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 369
Published: 27th May 2003
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.99 x 15.19  x 2.77
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Number: 1