Fibromyalgia Basics

A Beginners Guide

Non-Fiction - Health - Fitness
168 Pages
Reviewed on 05/05/2011
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Author Biography

Pati Chandler was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 1998. Because prescription medications did not work well for her, she asked her physician, an Osteopath, if there was something natural she could use. He gave her the name of two supplements and book and a website, and thus began her journey of discovery and her way to well-being.

Within nine months of trial and error, and trial and more error, she found her "right combination" of proper foods, supplements, treatments, de-stressing techniques, movements and more that enabled her to manage her symptoms so well that she has not been back to see her doctor since the year 2000.

In 2008, she put all of her research and nearly sixty natural helpful means to manage this complex syndrome into a book titled, "Managing Fibromyalgia." She began a Fibromyalgia Support Group in her home town and learned a lot more helpful methods and means that have helped other folks. So she wrote this second, updated and more in depth book in 2011, titled "Fibromyalgia Basics: A Beginne's Guide."

In between speaking engagements and booksignings, she plays with her three cats and amuses her husband. She is immensely proud of her four children and six grown grandchildren and all their accomplishments!

Pati* is currently working on a third book and is still deeply involved in research - it's a never-ending story!

    Book Review

Reviewed by Joy Hannabass for Readers' Favorite

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!