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Fibromyalgia and Chronic Myofascial Pain Syndrome: A Survival Manual [Paperback]

Devin J. Starlanyl , Mary Ellen Copeland , Christopher R. Brown
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1 Aug 2001
This classic survival manual offers you the first comprehensive patient guide for managing the common but often misdiagnosed conditions of fibromyalgia and chronic myofascial pain. The management techniques found in Fibromyalgia and Chronic Myofascial Pain include targeted bodywork for painful trigger points and strategies to help you cope with the chronic pain, sleep problems, and numbing effects of 'fibrofog' that occur as a result of the disease.This edition includes coverage of promising new research on the causes of fibromyalgia, evaluation of new treatments, complete discussions of special issues for women and men, and the latest information on medication. It includes a popular provider index, which can help you select those practitioners who will take your complaints seriously and offer knowledgeable treatment advice.

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 Aug 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572242388
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572242388
  • Product Dimensions: 28.1 x 21.6 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"They've done it again! This second edition of the "Survival Manual" is a gold mine of practical advice and scholarly information put into everyday language. This book gives a great many options for all aspects of FMS/CMP and its message is one of hope. An owner's manual for you, and one that should be required reading for all of your health care providers, this is not a book to be read and crossed off of your list, but a resource to avail yourself of over and over again. The tools are here. Use it yourself and have those close to you read it also." --Richard Finn, Director, Academy for Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy, coauthor, " Myofascial Pain Syndrome: Manual Trigger Point & S-EMG Therapies "

About the Author

Devin Starlanyl specializes in education in the field of fibromyalgia and chronic myofascial pain. She is the past director of the Fibromyalgia and Chronic Myofascial Pain Institute and serves as facilitator for the FMS and CMP support group at a local hospital. A consultant and clinical researcher who assists FMS/CMP patients through FIBROM-L listserv, an Internet support group, Devin Starlanyl also maintains a comprehensive Web site about FMS and CMP (http: //www.sover.net/ devstar). She is the coauthor of the first edition of "Fibromyalgia & Chronic Myofascial Pain Syndrome" and author of "The Fibromyalgia Advocate," and as someone with both conditions, writes as one who understands "from the inside."Mary Ellen Copeland, M.S., M.A., is coauthor of the first edition of "Fibromyalgia & Chronic Myofascial Pain Syndrome" and also knows firsthand the consequences of FMS/CMP. A distinguished teacher, writer, and lecturer, Ms. Copeland is the author of "Healing the Trauma of Abuse," T"he Depression Workbook," "Living Without Depression and Manic Depression," "The Worry Control Workbook," "The Loneliness Workbook," and "Winning Against Relapse." Her audiotape, "Living with Depression ""and Manic Depression," and her videotape, "Coping with Depression," are widely used by therapists and depression clinics.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fibromyalgia and Chronic Myofascial Pain 8 Oct 2007
By Tami Brady TOP 500 REVIEWER
Few books actually change a person's life or way of thinking. Fibromyalgia & Chronic Myofascial Pain actually did that for me. Like many people with FM and/or CMP, I went through a long, painful (both physically and emotionally painful) period of diagnosis and an even longer period of denial. I felt that since everyone else seemed to question my invisible symptoms that it was in my best interests to try to ignore what was really going on in my body and in my mind. So I suffered in silence and isolation with only my family knowing the diagnosis and no one really knowing the extent of my situation.

Reading Fibromyalgia & Chronic Myofascial Pain was like having a truly meaningful conversation with someone in the same situation as me. Someone who had not only accepted that these conditions actually exist but also had developed real life strategies to deal with everyday life and unexpected flare ups. For the first time since this roller coaster ride started, I felt empowered.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Survival Guide 17 April 2012
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Fibromyalgia and Chronic Myofascial Pain Syndrome: A Survival ManualThis book is a really really interesting read. It has cleared up many of the questions that I've have had for many years, I have now found out why so many thing are wrong with me and whilst they cannot be 'cured' knowing really helps. Highly recommended. This is a book to keep handy as it's one I dip into all the time. If you have F MS and Myofascial Pain then this is one for you!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unsuitable unless you have both conditions 16 Mar 2012
By 00Bay
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Firstly let me say I have enormous respect for the authors, who have both managed to produce this book despite suffering from Fibromyalgia. I purchased the book as I have had chronic myofascial pain for 20 years, and assumed from the book's title that at least half the book would be relevant for me. After reading the first few chapters it became apparent that this book is for people who have BOTH conditions (fibromyalgia and CMP) at once, not people like me who have just CMP. I was disappointed to find nothing about CMP until the end of chapter 3 - so please don't make the same mistake I have if you have CMP but not Fibromyalgia.

Unfortunately, I do have other criticisms! There is too much emphasis on diagnosis and not enough on solutions: for example, chapter 8 tells you in 40 pages of detail how to diagnose your most troublesome trigger points, but I could only find one short paragraph in the whole book (page 226) explaining how to deactivate trigger points! And the advice was... to buy Clair Davies "Trigger Point Therapy Workbook"!! (which I have and it's great for CMP The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook: Your Self-Treatment for Pain Relief (Trigger Point Therapy Workbook: Your Self-Treatment Guide for Pain Relief)). I'd echo what some other reviewers have said about it being extremely medically in-depth, I also found it poorly laid out and cross referenced, making it hard to find the right passage if you like to "dot around" factual books rather than read it sequentially. The authors are very anti-carbohydrate, which completely contradicts the advice from my hospital for keeping weight-loss to a minimum.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Answers 5 Oct 2010
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I purchased this book on the advice of a fellow Fibromyalgia sufferer. Apart from some of the language being a little difficult for a layperson to understand, this book is a Godsend for anyone with FM. It goes in great depth into the symptoms of this illness and also gives some very useful advice on coping with it. I have found it is also very helpful to highlight certain passages and take them to health professionals, as many of these pro's have very limited knowledge of the illness. A must for fibromyalgia sufferers.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Devin J. Starlanyl has the knowledge and understandablity of these Chronic conditions to be able to put into words what millions of suffers are unable to do for themselves - thus enabling us to help ouselves to be better educated about our conditions. Anyone who reads this book will have a greater understnding of what is, or should be made available in the way of better treatments. We can also gain strength by not giving in or giving up the kind of lives we want to be able to live. The writer tells us that having these conditions is not the end of the world - it's the beginning of a new one. Devin J. Starlanyl has written other titles including: The Fibromyalgia Advocate (That is stongly written by a 'woman on a mission attitude')This was the first book on FM that I had read, and it gave me the will to fight against the ignorance of the medical establishment and the disbelief of family and friends of just how much pain i was in, and which they could not see. This book is a must for sufferers - reading this will make you see yourself in a new light.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good read 3 July 2009
This is a good book for the sufferer, but it is quite indepth and sometimes a bit complicated, although they do try and explain & break things down. That said it is more medically related than geared as a self help book. This is a good book to have on the shelf, so you can refer to it from time to time, with some really interesting stuff all sufferers should know.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best book on fibro
I have bought and read many books on fibromyalgia, usually recycling them before reaching the end. Not this one. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Voltaire
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Book on This Syndrome - Bar None
This book is full of helpful information, not only for those who suffer from this syndrome but for their families, friends, and doctors. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Debby Stephan
5.0 out of 5 stars dont miss this
i have bought loads of books on fibromyalgia and this is as good as it gets - it is the best book i have read on the subject - good clear explanations, diagrams - the lot. Read more
Published 8 months ago by A. L. Cassidy
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly explained
Condition of book is excellent. The book itself is very informative. A great reference book to have, the next time I have yet again 'another symptom'.
Published 9 months ago by Mrs Sinead McGrath
5.0 out of 5 stars fibromyalgia
This is a great book.it Explains everything brilliantly. Highly recommended. it is very easily understood and has compassion written in with it.
Published 13 months ago by lady
4.0 out of 5 stars Fibromyalgia the Ive got aches all over illness and more
very detailed explains at lot of how I feel can get a little deep in parts so I get a medic to explain . good value
Published 15 months ago by jt
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This book has provided me with excellent information for my dissertation as well as giving me the tools to advice my patients on positive ways forward.
Published 17 months ago by Miss Julie M. Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars Fybro Book
I haven't quite read it all yet but i do recommend it. it it quite a thick book to read
Published 19 months ago by Paulina Kidd
5.0 out of 5 stars This is so informative....just what I need
I was involved in an RTA and have some soft tissue damage resulting in widespread Fibromyalgia and Myofascial - this book is so informative.... Read more
Published on 2 Feb 2012 by Mrs. G. C. Jenkins
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for sufferers of FM and CMP
I was recently diagnosed with chronic myofascial pain syndrome after suffering really dreadful pain in my shoulders, back and neck for over a year. Read more
Published on 10 Jan 2012 by Mary
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