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This book is a Beginner's Guide to Fibromyalgia and will help those who have just been diagnosed with the disease or those who think they might have the disease. It is estimated there are twelve million sufferers of this disease, so if you are not one of these, chances are you will know someone who is affected by it.
Fibromyalgia is not a disease that can be diagnosed as easily as some diseases, nor is there any one treatment that will work on all people suffering with it. Symptoms, as well as the treatments, may vary with each person, but the cause of Fibromyalgia is unknown.
Pati Chandler has written this little guide book to tell what Fibromyalgia is and to help one know the symptoms, how to get medical help, what to tell the doctor, and what medicines will be given. She also describes the aggravators, and what to do to help calm them down. She gives lots of resources to research Fibromyalgia to find what will work for the reader, and then she tells her story of having Fibromyalgia.
This is a great book for those just diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. I chose this book to review because I have Fibromyalgia, and wanted to learn more about it. The book is full of helpful information. With each chapter she breaks it down into the dos and don'ts, treatments and medications, and things to try to see what works for you.
There are several things I really like about the book.
One is the author's research, enabling us to have a wealth of information and resources at our fingertips. I like the Bountiful Resources chapter near the end. She breaks down resource categories and gives websites, for each, explain what you will find in each, and the doctors and people associated with the website. She also has a list of books and videos that are helpful.
Another thing that helped me was the chapter on her journey with Fibromyalgia. It made me realize I am not alone in my journey, and that the things I feel are real, not something I imagine, like so many people think.
The last thing I like is the chapter on End Notes. In this chapter, she takes each chapter in the book and gives websites for everything she talks about in each chapter.
In this small book, she has made it possible for people like me with Fibromyalgia to find anything I need, all from this one little book. I just can't say enough about it!