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Mayo Clinic’s Guide to Fibromyalgia

First impression

This book is full of all the information you need if you have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia recently (within the last five or so years or even more if you struggle with what to do to manage fibromyalgia and all its symptoms). We all know fibromyalgia can be vicious and draining and so difficult to manage. And there is a vast amount of misinformation out there about ‘cures’ and ‘diets’ and so many things that won’t help in the least bit that just confuse what we should or could try and do to manage our condition.

It is exactly the sort of book I would have loved to have when I was diagnosed instead of the rheumatologist saying ‘You have fibromyalgia. You’re too young for medication.’ And… so… figure the rest out for yourself! Have fun with that! Also back then I had No information. Not sure this abundance of information is any better… in fact, it is just as bad, because you have to weed through a whole lot of crap to find anything useful. And if you are recently diagnosed how are you to know what is useful or… not?

I wouldn’t recommend it for someone like me who has had fibromyalgia for over two decades and has done a lot of research and been through programs. In other words, I knew all this already. But I blog about it all, so how could I not? Am I right? I cannot know the level of knowledge other people have and this has every question answered. It talks about treatments and medications. It is thorough. It doesn’t skip any facet of what fibromyalgia is and all the treatment aspects.

Guide to fibromyalgia

Review

I love how complete this book is. From what fibromyalgia IS to what myth there are and what it is NOT. It goes through all the possible medications and rates their side effects and effectiveness. It talked about coping and alternative strategies, which is quite important for fibromyalgia. It even gets into stress and mood management. It gets into pacing, which is vital. And exercise, which we know research has shown is beneficial, even at the minor levels some of us are capable of… for things like brain fog and fatigue for example. I found it helped, before this vertigo and dizziness putting a stop to that (now I just do a little stretching). It discusses mental illness like depression and anxiety, as well as cognitive behavioural therapy helping manage fibromyalgia.

I’m not saying once you read it you will cope easily with fibromyalgia because it isn’t easy. I am saying you will have some ideas on what you can do to help you manage it in different ways from what medications to use to what other treatments to add to that.

It helps with an action plan set up.  And that is a great place to start, man. And in the end, it even gives you some simple exercises to do, which I really liked.

What it doesn’t get into is the comorbid common with fibromyalgia and how that can complicate treatment a whole lot. In a lot of us. However, I didn’t expect it to because that is very individual. However, I should mention comorbid conditions can affect our functionality quite substantially and make treatment very complex.

Mayo clinic guide to fibromyalgia

As a guide for the recently diagnosed

But for fibromyalgia alone, this is an excellent guide to all a person diagnosed with fibromyalgia needs to know. I would highly recommend it to anyone recently diagnosed with fibromyalgia because it gives you that solid base of knowledge, without misinformation, and a solid action plan on what you can do about treatment choices. Which in the beginning we have no idea what we can or have to do. No one tells us anything. We have to figure all this out and there is so much contrary information out there.

Knowledge is power. And it is also comforting to know all your options and what you are actually dealing with. Mayo Clinic’s Guide to Fibromyalgia gives all that essential framework of answers and information a person needs to get started with a good action plan of treatment.

I wish it existed when I was diagnosed but back in the day a lot of doctors still thought it didn’t exist, let alone wanted to treat you or help you in any way at all. This book will give people a real head start over me for sure… as I fumbled and tried to figure it out without any knowledge base at all.

The Mayo Clinic’s Guide to Fibromyalgia has:

  • Fundamental and essential fibromyalgia information
  • Dispels the myths that are always going around about fibromyalgia and cut through all the crap we read online that is far from beneficial.
  • Has practical resources and helps with an action plan
  • Helps with all the treatments, medication and others, to look into to help manage and cope with fibromyalgia.
  • Gets into how to cope and manage fibromyalgia on many levels, including mood

I definitely recommend it as a starting point for people with fibromyalgia for sure.

All we want in the beginning is a little guidance and we usually get none. This is something that gives you that.

I prefer more research-heavy books, but that is just me. I like to dig deep. But as a lifting off point for someone looking for guidance in the first years of diagnosis, this is one great starting point.

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