Fibromyalgia :: Living Well with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia

A comprehensive guide to the diagnosis and treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia vital help for the millions of people suffering from pain, fatigue, and sleep problems.

This book is definitely worth reading for its broad coverage. It begins with an overview of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and fibromyalgia (FM). Risk factors and symptoms are discussed, a checklist is presented, and the issues of diagnosis (including the need to rule out other conditions that present with similar symptoms) are addressed.

The author then turns her attention to aetiology and treatment options. As far as aetiology is concerned, all the usual suspects (and then some) are covered: infections (mycoplasma, chlamydia, borrelia burgdorferi [Lymes], herpesviruses [e.g., HHV-6], “stealth” viruses, candida albicans [“yeast’], even Q-fever), immune dysfunction (autoimmunity, Th1/Th2 imbalance, low NK levels), endocrine and HPA disorders (hypoadrenalism, hypothyroidism, “thyroid resistance”, HGH [growth hormone] deficiency), CNS and ANS dysfunction, allergies and chemical sensitivities (food allergies, airborne allergens, neurotoxins, heavy metals, mercury), musculoskeletal factors (trigger points, post-traumatic FM) and sleep disorders.

Among the treatments discussed are antibiotics (ciprofloxacin [Cipro], erythromycin, acyclovir, fluconazole [Diflucan]) and botanicals (garlic, olive leaf extract, echinechia, caprylic acid) for infections, hormone supplementation (HGH, thyroid [Armour, Cytomel], adrenal [Cortef, prednisone]) for endocrine and HPA disorders, immune modulators and allergen avoidance or desensitization for problems involving the immune system, detoxification treatments (removal of dental amalgams, chelation), trigger-point massage for musculoskeletal problems, and the use of mineral and vitamin supplements (magnesium, B-12, and ascorbic acid, to mention the more important ones) for improving overall metabolic function.

The book concludes with chapters on finding (and working with) a knowledgeable doctor, and on creating a comprehensive plan for improved health.

Although coverage in this book is very broad, it is not particularly deep; do not expect penetrating discussions concerning the ins and outs of specific treatments. However, if you are seeking interesting and useful tidbits that can be followed up in greater depth elsewhere, this book is an excellent source with the flavor of good journalism or of an informative and useful website. It should, perhaps, be noted that “Living Well With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia” is one of three “Living Well” books written by Mary J. Shomon.

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