Fibromyalgia: A Leading Expert's Guide to Understanding and Getting Relief from the Pain That Won't Go Away

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Penguin, 2002 - Health & Fitness - 244 pages
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Fibromyalgia is indicated by a group of symptoms including chronic generalized muscle pain, fatigue, sleep disturbances, headaches, and irritable bowel. But the medical community is only now putting the pieces together to discover what might cause it -- and what will or won't help the millions who suffer from it. This book separates fact from fiction, and addresses causes, symptoms, medication, and natural remedies, using a patient case history to help illustrate each subject.

This comprehensive volume includes:
-- The origins and prognosis for fibromyalgia
-- The role of stress and other physiological, psychological, and environmental factors
-- How to find the most reliable information and the best health care professionals
-- Choosing the right course of treatment that can be personalized for specific symptoms
-- The value of remedies including yoga, acupuncture, exercise, relaxation techniques, massage, and chiropractic care


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Prof. Goldenberg is a smart doctor, but unfortunately, like many others, he has had the wool pulled over his eyes by Prof. Wessely, Barsky and other insurance lobbyists trained as psychiatrists and posing as scientists. Prof. Goldenberg explicitly states that there is a biological basis for ME ("CFS"), Fibromyalgia and IBS (p.74), but almost in the same breath (p. 73) he states they have no documented biological basis. The first statement is the true one, btw. He also attributes far too much weight to emotional perpetuation (and it seems causation) in these diseases.
He is part way there to understanding these diseases, which is far further along than the vast majority of physicians. I would ask him to go the final mile in trying to understand these physical diseases. I would be more than happy to discuss this with the author.
Thanks for taking the time to read and good luck healing everyone!
Justin Reilly

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Dr. Goldenberg is a leading expert in the study of fibromyalgia. I have heard his name mentioned at several continuing education conferences dealing with fibromyalgia. I have been a pediatric nurse for several years and recently began to have severe symptoms indicating this chronic disease. For me, fibromyalgia was triggered by the Human B-19 virus also known as Parvo Virus. This virus is very common in children, especially those under the age of 4. In their case the virus causes a simple rash and fever that disappears in a few days, unfortunately for me as an adult the virus can be serious, similar to Chicken Pox or Mumps is in adulthood. After infection with this virus the pain and discomfort never left. I had to leave my nursing career and make several other difficult changes in my life. I thought that perhaps everything that was wrong with me was psychological until a friend, who is an M.D., mentioned that he had just read a report by Dr. Goldenberg discussing fibromyalgia. When I was awake enough and coherent enough I read as much as I could find on this syndrome. This book has been extremely helpful in my battle with this diagnosis. Thanks to Dr. Goldenberg and his wife Patty! 


What Is Fibromyalgia?
Why Is the Diagnosis So Difficult and So Controversial?
Why Do I Hurt All Over?
Why Am I Exhausted and Why Cant I Think Straight?
Why Do I Have Constant Headaches?
What About My Bowel and Bladder Irritability?
What Caused It?
Is It All in My Head?
How Does Stress Affect Me?
What Medications Should I Take?
What Other Treatment Is Helpful?
What About Complementary and Natural Remedies?
How Do I Find the Right Doctor and Support?

Am I Just Depressed?

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About the author (2002)

Chief of Rheumatology and Director of the Arthristis/fibromyalgia Center at Newton-Wellesley Hospital.

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