Making Sense of Fibromyalgia: New and Updated

Paperback | February 12, 2014

byDaniel J. Wallace, Janice Brock Wallace

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Six million people in the United States meet the criteria for fibromyalgia, which is a disorder characterized by a combination of pain, fatigue, and related symptoms. On average, these patients see about four doctors before they are correctly diagnosed, and many are convinced they have alife-threatening illness such as an advanced stage of cancer. About $600 billion is spent annually in the United States to diagnose or manage chronic pain, including litigation fees, and it is estimated that fibromyalgia patients run up $20 billion in medical expenses annually. Despite thesealarming numbers, there is a lack of understanding and a dearth of reliable information about fibromyalgia for patients. This fully updated edition of Making Sense of Fibromyalgia distills complex concepts and symptoms into an easily understandable narrative. Daniel J. Wallace, a leading rheumatologist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and Janice Brock Wallace, an expert medical writer, have updated the original classicresource, which has sold over 100,000 copies since 1999. Making Sense of Fibromyalgia provides clear answers to common questions, explains findings from the latest research, and discusses treatment options for complex symptoms. Detailed information is provided about topics such as who gets fibromyalgia and why; how stress, hormones, and your immune systeminteract and relate to fibromyalgia; what conditions are associated with it; why and how you might be misdiagnosed; how to overcome fibromyalgia; and how to understand your prognosis. The authors share all there is to know about the syndrome as well as how our understanding of it has changed overtime. This comprehensive companion covers the entire spectrum of issues for those suffering from fibromyalgia, as well as their families, friends, caretakers, primary care physicians, and other health professionals.

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Six million people in the United States meet the criteria for fibromyalgia, which is a disorder characterized by a combination of pain, fatigue, and related symptoms. On average, these patients see about four doctors before they are correctly diagnosed, and many are convinced they have alife-threatening illness such as an advanced stag...

Daniel J. Wallace, MD, is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA based at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. His many books include The Lupus Book and All About Osteoarthritis (both Oxford University Press). Janice Brock Wallace is a freelance medical writer.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:February 12, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ForewordPreface to the Second EditionFibromyalgia Made Simple: A Parable1. How Our Understanding of Fibromyalgia Evolved2. What is Fibromyalgia?3. Who Gets Fibromyalgia and Why?4. Why and How Do We Hurt?5. What's Wrong with My Muscles?6. How Do Stress, Sleep, Hormones, and the Immune System Interact and Relate to Fibromyalgia?7. What is the Autonomic Nervous System?8. Generalized Complaints9. "I'm Stiff and Achy" - Musculoskeletal Complaints10. Tingles, Shocks, Wires, and Neurologic11. Insights into Insides: Chest, Cardiovascular, and Other Concerns12. What are the Regional and Localized Forms of Fibromyalgia?13. What Conditions are Associated with Fibromyalgia?14. Controversial Syndromes and Their Relationship to Fibromyalgia15. What Happens at a Fibromyalgia Consultation?16. Are You Sure It's Really Fibromyalgia?17. I'm Not Crazy!18. Influences of Lifestyle and Environment on Fibromyalgia19. The Influence of Exercise and Rehabilitation on the Mind and Body20. How to Overcome Fibromyalgia21. Evalulating Medicines that Work for Fibromyalgia22. Drugs that may be useful in Fibromyalgia Patients: An Overview23. The Economic Burden of Fibromyalgia, Work and Disability24. What's the Prognosis?25. The Future Holds a Lot of HopeAppendix 1: Resource InformationAppendix 2: GlossaryIndex