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Living with Fibromyalgia (Overcoming Common Problems) [Paperback]

Christine Craggs-Hinton
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24 Mar 2000 0859698319 978-0859698313
Fibromyalgia, or Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS for short) is a condition characterised by widespread pain in the muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves. It's often confused with other conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome and candida, but the defining symptom is widespread pain in the soft tissues. The pain may be felt as achiness or tenderness, especially around the joints, or as tingling or even burning sensations, and a characteristic feature is that it may migrate around the body. Other symptoms include fatigue, sleep problems, allergies, anxiety, irritable bowel syndrome, headaches, morning stiffness and problems with difficulties with short term memory and concentration. Fibromyalgia is liable to flare-ups, and symptoms may be exacerbated by factors such as cold or stress. It affects mainly women.This book looks at how to reduce pain, boost energy levels and help with regular sleep patterns. It covers: fibromyalgia and immune dysfunction; the links with hypothyroidism; and fibromyalgia as a variant of thyroid disorder; antidepressant medication; psychotherapy; the vital importance of low-impact aerobic exercise such as walking, cycling or swimming; diet; posture; and, complementary therapies.

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  • Paperback: 148 pages
  • Publisher: Sheldon Press (24 Mar 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0859698319
  • ISBN-13: 978-0859698313
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 13.8 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 385,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was born in Bradford, West Yorkshire (at Station House on Laisterdyke railway station) and have a younger brother, called Glenn. After marrying, I moved to Baildon, Shipley, and had my three sons Mark, James and Matthew. I took nine happy years off work with my little ones, after which I found employment as a Revenue Officer at the Accounts Office in Shipley. Unfortunately, in 1991, I became very ill with fibromyalgia and spent most of my time either in bed or attempting to research the condition. After joining my local fibromyalgia support group, I started writing the monthly newsletter. It dawned on me then that my articles could be put into a book, so I began the arduous but very enjoyable task of writing 'Living with Fibromyalgia', which took four long years. I have written 17 further books and greatly enjoyed being so productive. In 2007, however, I decided that I needed to move to a warmer climate to help my condition. My boys were grown up by then and living their own lives, so my husband and I moved to Tenerife where I began walking along the prom every day - very pleasant indeed. I write articles for the Canarian Weekly newspaper, and am the agony aunt for that same publication. I also write for FaMily, the UKfibromyalgia.com monthly newsletter. My latest book is 'Natural Treatments for Arthritis', which is due out in March 2011.
I enjoy writing greatly, and thank all the people who have read my books.
Christine

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'Having managed her own fibromyalgia, Christine now passes her experience and knowledge on to others so that they do not have to spend their precious time researching what she has already done. Progress has been made over the last few years and more medical professionals are recognising the symptoms, but there are still many who lack the knowledge to diagnose and treat fibromyalgia effectively. At present there are no national guidelines for treatment. This is one reason this book is so vital to those with fibromyalgia their families, friends and employers.' --Pam Stewart MBE, Fibromyalgia Association UK chair --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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An easy-to-read book tackling every aspect of fibromyalgia
Living with Fibromyalgia is the first British-written book to tackle this complex condition. I suffer from fibromyalgia myself, and was at one time so debilitated I was almost permanently bed-bound. My husband had to feed me, wash me, brush my hair etc. However, now I am able to work at my computer for an hour and a half a day, I go for short walks, and my husband and I visit the pub on Saturday nights! The very fact that I have managed to write this book is testament to my self-help approach, for, as yet, improvement depends largely upon the individual's own efforts. The book, then, carries the very latest research findings and considers the possible causes of the condition. The style and format ensures that readers will not only have a better understanding of fibromyalgia, but they will also learn how best to manage the condition. Areas covered are the conditions commonly associated with fibromyalgia, medication, diet and the digestive system (including how chronic candida infections in the gut can cause many of the symptoms of fibromyalgia), posture and exercise, benefits information, complementary therapies known to be useful in treating the condition, pain management techniques, and finally a detailed chapter which addresses the emotional consequences of fibromyalgia and how best to deal with them. The book has undergone detailed examination by Pain Consultant Dr J. Raphael, who has a special interest in fibromyalgia. He has also written the Foreword. Bob Stewart, chairman of the FMS Association UK has also written, "This book contains well-researched medical information, and also considers the everyday problems facing fibromyalgia sufferers and carers, such as coping around the house, benefits, and where to get further help. The Fibromyalgia Association are delighted to endorse this book.'

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66 of 67 people found the following review helpful
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If you have recently been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia this book is a must have. The descriptions of the syndrome are spot on and also there is a great deal of practical help with the disease itself and also help with claiming benefits etc. It will help the sufferer and their families get to grips with this disease and for them to understand all the day to day problems that are associated with it. I have recently been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia after years of suffering and this book has helped me and my family to deal with the disease.
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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
This book was me. It described my symptoms exactly, explaining the intricacies of the condition in an easy-to-understand, down-to-earth way. At last I knew what was going on inside my body, and at last I could begin to take positive action, for, as well as factual information and useful resource data, this book is full of great suggestions and advice. There is even a chapter giving benefits information. The chapter on pain and stress management has been particularly useful, and is explained in such a comforting, caring way that it had me riveted. I am now in much less pain because of this book. Not only that, I have the confidence to deal with different situations and recently even went on my first holiday abroad for ten years! Thankyou for turning my life around, Christine!
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book. 21 Dec 2008
Format:Paperback
I got this book a week after being diagnosed.

I have been incredibly lucky in the respect that I have been diagnosed less than a year after symptoms first flared. Some go for a decade and being with a catalogue of symptoms before they, or their doctor realise all these symptoms are related and make up the Fibromyalgia symdrome.

It is difficult for people to understand the condition and for me personally it is difficult to stay motivated to look after myself.(It feels like a huge amount of effort to stay stable). I have passed this book to loved ones and the explainations in thsi book put it into words far better than what I can. I also keep this book out so that if I ever lose motivation it is there to tell me what I need to be doing to help myself and not to beat myself up about feeling depressed occasionally- who wouldn't when faced with pain "everywhere" for over a year now!

My doctor and physiotherapist are now recommending this book to patients based on the help it has given to me. It contains an exercise routine which is physically appropriate to someone with Fibromyalgia which is worth the cover price alone.

Thank you Christine Craggs-Hinton :)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Living with Fybromyalgia 27 April 2010
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A very good & informative book, well worth a read if you have Fybromyalgia. Useful for friends & family to help them understand the disability.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
By Zoe
Format:Paperback
Having suffered from Fibromyalgia for the last 5 years I have been on a very long journey - only recently diagnosed after so much time of not understanding what was going on! Having read several books on fibromyalgia/myofascial pain I have been constantly frustrated to learn just how much help is available... if you live in the USA!! This book is such a welcome change as it's written from the UK perpsective - I have given it to my new GP who had never heard of the condition. We have to educate them!!! A great book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now I understand!!! 10 Sep 2013
By Linda
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This book was just what I needed.. Easy to understand and very informative.. Def. one for anyone who has been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. Or wants to understand what it's like for friends family or work colleague. Very positive Helpful book
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read for sufferers of fibromyalgia 12 Sep 2010
By DWP
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This was one of many books that was recommended to me by a hospital consultant. I am pleased I bought it (along with others) and found it informative, easy-to-understand and beneficial.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Living with Fibromyalgia 2 Feb 2009
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Excellent book, well written and full of useful ideas that I have found to be a great help. Having read the book through I will keep referring to it over time.
Well wrapped and promptly dispatched.
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