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Booklist

The Fibromyalgia Coach.

Author: Pam Wright    
Publisher: KavanaghTipping Publishing (Feb 2008)
£14-99 approx
paperback 202 pages     
ISBN-10: 1906546010

 

This is the best book I have come across on FM. It is also suitable for anyone with other types of chronic pain conditions. Pam gives a wonderful definition on how to describe FM to the non sufferer, a great help as most of us look so well. It has guided me step by step on how to gain control of my symptoms. I found it funny, practical, just like I had somebody talking to me who completely understood my condition, and the feelings associated with it.

Pam is an FM sufferer and Life Coach, everything she tells us has already worked for her or somebody she has worked with. This book works on a spiritual, emotional and physical level. This book is not about 'eliminating FM but setting our sights on minimising the negative affect that FM has on life to such an extent that we no longer feel held back by the condition.'

 

Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. 7 Proven Steps to Less Pain & More Energy.

Author: Fred Friedberg   
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications, 2006
$14-95 approx
paperback
181 pages     
ISBN 1-57224-459-3

 

 

This is my favourite book on how to manage fibromyalgia and it is the one I have found most useful.  I continually refer back to it, and at present keep it to hand by my bedside to remind myself what I should be doing to help control my FM.

The book is clearly laid out, with large bold text, which makes it easy to read.  The author is a clinical psychologist who has had CFS for 25 years, and he chronicles this in chapter 5, and also refers to his own experiences   throughout the book.
As it says in the title, he breaks his treatment plan into 7 steps which makes it clear & easy to follow. However he is not dictatorial in his approach.  This is Part 2 of the book.  Part 1 covers ‘Definitions, possible causes and lifestyle factors’, and in Part 3 he looks at ‘Physicians, treatments and “cures”’.  The book is based on scientific evidence and is well referenced, and he discusses the results of various studies which have been carried out.

Dr. Friedberg is an assistant professor in the School of Medicine at Stony Brook University, NY, and is undertaking a 5 year study of CFS funded by the National Institutes of Health.  He includes many case-studies of patients he has helped in the course of his clinical practice throughout the book, which help illustrate each point he is making. He believes in healing rather than cure, and claims he himself has improved 50-60% by applying the steps he recommends.     

 

The Arthritis Foundation's Guide to Good Living with Fibromyalgia

Author: Dorothy Foltz-Gray     Publisher: Arthritis Foundation; 2 edition (25 Jun 2006)
$24.29 approx
208 pages    
ISBN-10: 0912423498

 


From a clear explanation of your symptoms to easy exercise illustration, you’ll get sound advice on how to live life to its fullest. In this book you’ll discover:

  • The latest research on fibromyalgia’s possible causes.
  • Pros and cons of popular supplements and alternative therapies.
  • The important connections between fibromyalgia and sleep.
  • Tips on reducing stress, fatigue and depression.
  • Exercise techniques anyone can follow.

 

The Good Living with Fibromyalgia Workbook: Activites for a Better Life (Guide to Good Living Series)

Author: Bethany Afshar    
Publisher: Arthritis Foundation
(April 2005)
£32.95 approx
177 pages    
ISBN-10: 0912423358

 

This is a companion book recommended for use with Good Living with Fibromyalgia. It is a valuable daily resource for learning more about what works to alleviate your fibromyalgia pain, fatigue, anxiety and other symptoms. It will show you steps on how to:

  • Identify and understand your symptoms and their possible causes.
  • Sleep better and reduce your pain and fatigue.
  • Explore the many drug and alternative treatments available now.
  • Increase your energy with gentle, easy exercise techniques.
  • Manage health-care costs and other financial challenges of chronic illness.

These books can be obtained from The Arthritis Foundation www.arthritis.org