Fibromyalgia: An Essential Guide for Patients and Their Families

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Oxford University Press, Apr 17, 2003 - Health & Fitness - 208 pages
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Fibromyalgia is a form of chronic neuromuscular pain, a pain-amplification syndrome brought on by abnormal interactions between hormones, the immune system, neurotransmitters, and the autonomic nervous system, that afflicts six million Americans every year. Often misdiagnosed, and widely misunderstood, the majority of patients are turned away from doctors or treated for depression. This guide offers expert advice to sufferers of this painful syndrome and gives them the education they need to get the help they require but rarely get. In their earlier books, Making Sense of Fibromyalgia and All About Fibromyalgia, noted medical writer Janice Wallace and Dr. Daniel Wallace, a leading expert on this disorder, provided comprehensive guides--for both patients and professionals--to this little known and poorly understood syndrome. Now, in Fibromyalgia, the Wallaces provide an inviting and succinct version of the syndrome they have studied, laid out in clear and accessible language. The authors provide a clear, concise explanation of the syndrome and its symptoms, and also outline the recent advances in treatments. Fibromyalgia addresses a desperate need for concise, accessible information on this syndrome and offers reassurance to patients and their families.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 What is Fibromyalgia?
1
Chapter 2 Who Gets Fibromyalgia and Why?
8
Chapter 3 The Basic Science of Fibromyalgia
14
Chapter 4 FibromyalgiaRelated Complaints
30
Chapter 5 What Are the Regional and Localized Forms of Fibromyalgia?
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Chapter 6 What Conditions Are Associated with Fibromyalgia?
48
Chapter 7 The Fibromyalgia Consultation and Differential Diagnosis
65
Chapter 8 Im Not Crazy
74
Chapter 10 Medicines for Fibromyalgia
109
Chapter 11 Work and Disability
146
Chapter 12 Prognosis and Future Directions
153
Appendix 1 Fibromyalgia Resource Materials
159
Appendix 2 Glossary
163
A Complementary Medicine Doctors Perspective
179
Index
185
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Chapter 9 How to HelpYourself without Taking Medicine
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Daniel J. Wallace, M.D. has served as Clinical Chief of Rheumatology at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Medicine and has treated hundreds of victims of fibromyalgia. J. B. Wallace is a freelance medical writer. Together, they have written two acclaimed books on fibromyalgia: Making Sense of Fibromyalgia and All About Fibromyalgia, both by OUP.

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