Fibromyalgia For Dummies book cover

Fibromyalgia For Dummies

Authors:
Roland Staud ,
Christine Adamec
Published: October 1, 2007

Overview

Your easy-to-follow guide to the latest research, treatments, and medications!

The pain you suffer from fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is not in your imagination. FMS is a real medical problem that can be as debilitating and demoralizing as it is mysterious. Fibromyalgia For Dummies, Second Edition, brings you the latest scientific findings on the symptoms and causes of this disease and guides you toward proven, practical steps you can take reduce or eliminate FMS-related pain.

This plain-English guide is fully updated with the latest fibromyalgia treatment options, and evaluations of new medications that have shown great promise in reducing pain. You'll discover how to spot an array of symptoms and their possible causes, work with your physician to develop a treatment plan, and manage your pain at home and in the office. You'll learn how to:

  • Identify your FMS trigger points
  • Cope with chronic pain and sleep problems
  • Find medications that work for you
  • Locate a physician who can really help you
  • Make healing lifestyle changes
  • Use hands-on therapies to alleviate pain
  • Find effective over-the-counter and prescription medications
  • Choose among alternative therapies and treatments
  • Reduce the emotional distress caused by FMS
  • Help a child with FMS

Featuring moving and inspiring stories from fellow FMS sufferers who share their stories and offer invaluable tips on working your way back to wellness, Fibromyalgia for Dummies, Second Edition offers serious and sensitive guidance to help you overcome FMS and start being yourself again.

Your easy-to-follow guide to the latest research, treatments, and medications!

The pain you suffer from fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is not in your imagination. FMS is a real medical problem that can be as debilitating and demoralizing as it is mysterious. Fibromyalgia For Dummies, Second Edition, brings you the latest scientific findings on the symptoms and causes of this disease and guides you toward proven, practical steps you can take reduce or eliminate FMS-related pain.

This plain-English guide is fully updated with the latest fibromyalgia treatment options, and evaluations of new medications that have shown great promise in reducing pain. You'll discover how to spot an array of symptoms and their possible causes, work with your physician to develop a treatment plan, and manage your pain at home and in

the office. You'll learn how to:

  • Identify your FMS trigger points
  • Cope with chronic pain and sleep problems
  • Find medications that work for you
  • Locate a physician who can really help you
  • Make healing lifestyle changes
  • Use hands-on therapies to alleviate pain
  • Find effective over-the-counter and prescription medications
  • Choose among alternative therapies and treatments
  • Reduce the emotional distress caused by FMS
  • Help a child with FMS

Featuring moving and inspiring stories from fellow FMS sufferers who share their stories and offer invaluable tips on working your way back to wellness, Fibromyalgia for Dummies, Second Edition offers serious and sensitive guidance to help you overcome FMS and start being yourself again.

Fibromyalgia For Dummies Cheat Sheet

To ease the painful symptoms of fibromyalgia, try getting regular exercise and considering topical remedies and alternative therapies. Living with fibromyalgia is made more difficult when your loved ones don’t understand your pain, so talk to family and friends gently but honestly about what you're experiencing. Dealing with fibromyalgia can cause emotional distress, so if you feel depressed or anxious, talk with a doctor about treatment.

Articles From The Book

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Considering Alternative Remedies for Fibromyalgia

Treating fibromyalgia with mainstream medicine is often effective, but sometimes alternative therapies can also ease your symptoms. Many people rely on alternative remedies, and this is especially true for fibromyalgia patients. If you’re considering an alternative therapy for your fibromyalgia symptoms, some people find these remedies work very well:

  • Sedating remedies (such as valerian and chamomile) may improve the chronic insomnia that many fibromyalgia sufferers experience.

  • Acupuncture often provides temporary relief from the muscle pain of fibromyalgia.

  • Homeopathic remedies may offer relief from pain and fatigue.

  • Some patients get relief from fibromyalgia pain with Botox injections.

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Easing Fibromyalgia Symptoms through Exercise

Incorporating regular exercise into your routine may help improve your fibromyalgia symptoms. Gentle, low-impact, paced exercising will loosen muscles and stiff joints and may help to ease pain down the road. Be patient and persistent. Keep these tips in mind when you gear up to exercise:

  • Start off easy. Don’t walk 5 miles or do 50 push-ups on your first day of exercising; if you do, you’ll get so tired you’ll probably give up exercising altogether. Instead, build up slowly. One main goal of aerobic exercise is to raise your heart rate for a short time, which seems to help patients with fibromyalgia.

  • Make exercise fun. Exercise with a friend at about your level of fitness. You may find that time flies when you exercise with a friend, whether it’s a walk around the block or aerobic exercises in your living room.

  • Mix up your exercises. On some days, go for a walk. On other days, consider water walking at a pool. Boredom is what causes most people to give up on exercising, so do whatever you can to keep yourself interested in your exercise routine.

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Treating Depression or Anxiety to Improve Fibromyalgia Symptoms

Dealing with the painful symptoms of fibromyalgia can be so distressing it drives people into depression or anxiety and may actually worsen your symptoms. Talk with your doctor about the emotional difficulties you’re dealing with and the use of medications for these disorders which may also improve your fibromyalgia symptoms.

  • Antidepressants may help you sleep better, which will improve your fibromyalgia symptoms.

  • Anti-anxiety medications may help you to relax, decreasing your muscle tension and pain.

  • Progressive relaxation exercises can improve fibromyalgia symptoms, as well as your symptoms of anxiety.