This is an informative, understanding guide to diagnosis and the latest treatments. Fibromyalgia is a complex rheumatologic syndrome that affects connective and muscular tissue, causing pain in muscles and tendons throughout the body. This updated guide outlines the latest treatments and medications while also shedding light on new research. It delivers basic facts on how to effectively combat not only pain and fatigue but also sleep disorders and related problems by developing a plan of care and focusing on positive lifestyle changes. This easy to follow guide also provides helpful advice for friends and family as well as information on locating support groups and resources. Roland Staud, MD (Gainesville, FL) is an experienced rheumatologist who is also a professor of medicine at the University of Florida. Christine Adamec (Pal Bay, FL) has been a medical writer for more than 20 years.
Roland Staud, MD, is a rheumatologist and a professor of medicine at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, as well as a noted and internationally renowned medical researcher. Dr. Staud's continuing and cuttingedge research on fibromyalgia is supported by the National Institutes of Health and other funding organizations. His research has clearly demonstrated that patients with fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) have detectable central nervous system abnormalities of pain processing resulting in increased pain sensitivity and prolonged pain experiences. Dedicated to helping FMS patients by sharing his knowledge as much as possible, Dr. Staud is greatly appreciated by attendees at major national and international fibromyalgia and arthritis conferences, where he is a frequent speaker. He is also on the editorial boards of Pain and European Journal of Pain. In addition, he is a reviewer for the Clinical Journal of Pain, Journal of Pain, European Journal of Pain, and Pain. He has authored many medical journal articles on fibromyalgia and other topics. Dr. Staud is a diplomate of the American Board of Rheumatology and the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is a member of the American College of Rheumatology, the International Association for the Study of Pain, the American Pain Society, and the International MYOPAIN Society. Dr. Staud is licensed to practice medicine in Florida. Christine Adamec has been a freelance writer for more than 20 years, concentrating on self-help and medical/health issues. She has authored or coauthored 14 books, including The Encyclopedia of Diabetes (Facts On File, Inc.) and How to Stop Heartburn (Wiley), and has written numerous magazine and newspaper health features. Ms. Adamec is a member of the American Society of Journalists & Authors.
Introduction. Part I: The What, When, and Why of Fibromyalgia. Chapter 1: Yes, Fibromyalgia Is Real. Chapter 2: Recognizing Key Symptoms of Fibromyalgia. Chapter 3: Understanding Possible Causes of Fibromyalgia. Chapter 4: Understanding Fibromyalgia Pain. Part II: Finding Out Whether You Have Fibromyalgia. Chapter 5: Who Gets Picked to Have Fibromyalgia? Chapter 6: Identifying Diseases Often Confused with Fibromyalgia. Chapter 7: Working with a Good Fibromyalgia Doc: You Need a True Believer. Chapter 8: Getting Physical: Your Initial Exam and Diagnosis. Part III: Looking At All Your Treatment Options. Chapter 9: Medicating the Problem: Over-the-Counter Drugs May Help. Chapter 10: Prescribing Health with Medications. Chapter 11: Using Hands-On Therapies. Chapter 12: Considering Alternative Remedies and Treatments. Part IV: Modifying Your Lifestyle: Small Changes, Big Results. Chapter 13: Depressurizing Yourself: Controlling the Stress-Eyed Monster. Chapter 14: Sweet Dreams! Combating Sleep Disorders. Chapter 15: Exercising, Losing Weight, and Avoiding Trigger Foods and Drinks. Chapter 16: Coping with Emotions: Your Own Part V: Managing Fibromyalgia at Work and at Home. Chapter 17: Working with Fibromyalgia - Or Going on Disability. Chapter 18: Helping Loved Ones Deal with Your Fibromyalgia. Chapter 19: Helping Someone You Care About Who's Hurting. Chapter 20: Parenting a Child or Adolescent with Fibromyalgia. Part VI: The Part of Tens. Chapter 21: Ten Alternative Remedies That Help People with Fibromyalgia. Chapter 22: Ten Mistakes to Avoid When You Have Fibromyalgia. Chapter 23: Ten Ways to Beat the Effects of Brain Fog. Chapter 24: Ten Myths about Fibromyalgia. Part VII: Appendixes. Appendix A: Glossary. Appendix B: Fibromyalgia Medications. Appendix C: Resources and Support. Index.