Chronic Fatigue Syndrome For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, May 6, 2011 - Health & Fitness - 384 pages
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You’ve been repeatedly poked, prodded, tested and scanned, yet, despite how awful you feel, your doctor, like many of your friends, co-workers, and family members have begun dropping subtle (and some not-so-subtle) hints that they think it’s “all in your head.” Maybe you’re one of the lucky few CFS sufferers who’ve received an accurate diagnosis but nothing your health care provider does seems to help. Well, you’re not alone. According to recent estimates, of the approximately 800,000 Americans with CFS, more than 90% have been misdiagnosed, dismissed, or are not receiving proper treatment.

Don’t despair, help has arrived. Written by a national expert who has successfully treated scores of CFS patients in her own practice, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for Dummies gives you the knowledge and tools you need to beat CFS and get back to living a normal life. In plain English Doctor Susan Lisman fills you in on:

  • What CFS is, how you get it, and how it effects your body     
  • Its major symptoms and warning signs
  • Getting an accurate diagnosis
  • Avoiding situations that might be making you sicker
  • Teaming up with the right doctor and crafting a treatment plan
  • The most effective drugs, therapies and alternative approaches
  • Coping with CFS in your personal and professional lives

Packed with checklists, self-tests, questionnaires, and other powerful tools, and featuring many inspiring real-life stories of patients who’ve licked CFS, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for Dummies puts you on the road to recovery.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Treating Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
7
Gauging Your Symptoms CFS Is More Than Being Tired
21
Looking At the Possible Causes Where Does CFS Come From?
37
Finding Comfort in Numbers Youre Not Alone
59
Teaming Up with Treatment Professionals 79 Chapter 5 Tracking Down the Best Doctor for You
81
Working with Your Doctor to Sort Out Your Symptoms
95
Crafting Your Medical Treatment Plan
109
CFS and Relationships How to Stabilize the Rocking Boat
239
When Someone You Love
249
When Someone You Love Has Chronic Fatigue Syndrome 249 Chapter 15 Leading a Child Through the CFS Minefield
267
Peering into the Future of CFS
283
Ten Famous People with CFS
297
Ten DrugFree Ways to Fight Fatigue
303
Ten Common Myths About CFS
309
Ten Things to Avoid If You Have CFS
315

Handling Your Emotional and Psychological Issues
131
Checking Out Some Alternative Therapy Routes
149
Exorcising CFS Symptoms with Sensible Exercise
167
Living and Working Well
195
Working When You Have CFS
219
Ten Strategies to Enhance Your Life
321
CFS Reference and Support Sources
329
Glossary
337
Index
345
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About the author (2011)

Susan R. Lisman, MD, is Director of Pediatric Anesthesia at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Newton, MA. Karla Dougherty is a leading writer and editor in the fields of medicine, health, diet, and exercise.

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