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have all the information you need to be inspired, feel empowered, fight depression that is often present with all chronic illness, and discover ways you can share information to help others live fully.
Our readers tell us their biggest concern is understanding different comorbid or coexisting conditions, knowing what to do and what to avoid, and learning how they can take charge in managing their symptoms. We have been told this book will stand the test of time and the biggest compliment is that of all the books, and there are many, this one is still the best. It is for you that I undertook this project, but I am the one who has been rewarded. You can read what others have to say about the book HERE.
Integrative Therapies for Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Myofascial Pain has been described as a BIG BOOK. It is 8 ½ X 11 inches in dimensions and has 400+ pages. This BIG BOOK took 10 years from the first time I activated my voice recognition program to publication, and If not for my co-author Jeffrey Miller, PhD, I would not have made it through to completion. So why did I write this book? As a nurse and an educator, it is fulfilling to me to know I may still be able to help others. In this case, sharing what I learned about living with invisible illness may help others avoid some of the pitfalls I encountered.
Theories on the cause and the best diagnostic criteria are evolving, some good, some not (evidenced in my blogs. But one thing remains the same, we are human beings with basic needs, we deserve good care and to be treated with dignity and respect, and there is always something we can add to our repertoire to help us lead a better life.
Striving for physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual balance is like a four-seated teeter-totter. When one seat becomes heavy, the other seats are unbalanced balanced. In this book, we discuss many factors that threaten balance, and what we can do to change it. We learn together.
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“Let thoughts and feelings come and go without dwelling on them.”
“In a study reported in the journal Pain, researchers found evidence that “acceptance of pain is an independent predictor of mental well-being.”
“When we enter “crisis mode” a number of interesting brain flips occur.”
“Trigger point—a hypersensitive bundle or knot of muscle fiber within a taut band of muscle”
“Post-exertional malaise (generalized ill feeling) lasting more than twenty four hours.” [CFID]
Each chapter has an introduction, and though our readers tell us they use this book as their go-to reference guide, each chapter has a logical sequence. Each chapter ends with a “Summary Exercise” a helpful tools section. The summary exercise provokes you to answer questions about what you read. It's easy to forget, I sure know how to do that, but by interacting with each chapter will help you locate the answers you are looking for in the index.The helpful tools sections include things like keeping track of your medications and treatments, keeping a chronological health chart, how to draw a self-caricature, journal, write a poem, and discover hidden talents, document for workers compensation or social security, and more. You can find more detail about each chapter in table of contents, HERE. You will
A BIG BOOK
We need to be more than a bystander in our care. We should know the difference between a tender point and a trigger point. We should know what doctors are best for treating what conditions, how to manage co-existing or comorbid conditions, what aggravates or alleviates our symptoms, how to exercise, and what we should and should not do. There are step-by-step guides for communicating our healthcare needs, knowing what goes in your medical record, and how to make sure what we say to our physician makes it into our medical record, and why it is important. As a registered nurse with a paralegal degree, I understand what is expected from the care provider and the patient, and what our rights are as patients. You will find a plethora of topics and tips for navigating the healthcare and legal systems, and you will find important information on how to use your voice as an advocate.
Chronic myofascial pain (CMP) is a disease that affects the chemical responses between nerve endings and muscle where there is thought to be an excessive release of a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine.
Some believe chronic myofascial pain (CMP) from myofascial trigger points (MTrPs) may be the most important peripheral pain generator in fibromyalgia (FM). . This is exciting news and the research seems to be headed that way. I suspect there are chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS/ME) patients that have chronic myofascial pain also, which might explain their myalgia (muscle pain), and Canadian researchers include it as something to look for in their diagnostic criteria for CFS/ME).
About Myofascial Pain
About Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
“New studies, theories, and discoveries will continue after the publication of this book, and the resource section includes the best tools available at the time of publication for locating current and breaking information.” (Excerpt).
“Symptoms [of FM] were first described in the seventeen hundreds”
Integrative Therapies for Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and Myofascial Pain:
Integrative Therapies for Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Myofascial Pain has been described as a BIG BOOK. It is 8 ½ X 11 inches in dimensions and has 400+ pages. If not for my co-author Jeffrey Miller, PhD, I would not have made it through to completion. This BIG BOOK took 10 years from the first time I activated my voice recognition program to publication. This labor of love has a goal, sharing what I learned about living with invisible illness.
And they theories have changed, some good, some not as evidenced in my blogs, which you can also access here). But one thing remains the same, we are human beings with basic needs, we deserve good care and to be treated with dignity and respect, and there is always something we can add to our repertoire that will help us lead a better life.
I often describe the importance of balance as a four-seated teeter-totter, physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. When one seat becomes heavy, the other seats are unbalanced balanced. In this book, we discuss many factors that threaten balance, and what we can do to change it. We learn together.
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Though coping strategies, how to relate your medication information and all the other things this book has to offer do not change with time, research does. Because of this, you can find up-to-date information in real time, which is difficult to do in a published book. I write on current issues on chronic pain at Health Central and fibromyalgia at ProHealth. Find out how to stay connected by clicking on the button.
The diagnostic criteria for both fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome is changing, and newer research is offering information we did not have before. Expect a name change for chronic fatigue syndrome in the near future. Patient advocacy groups work hard to improve the effects of these illnesses and share information that is imperative to you as a patient. Stay current on important information here: