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The Fibromyalgia Advocate: Getting the Support You Need to Cope with Fibromyalgia and Myofascial Pain Syndrome Paperback – Nov 1 1998


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  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger (Nov. 1 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572241217
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572241213
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 2.3 x 27.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 885 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #530,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...Starlanyl (Fibromyalgia and Chronic Myofascial Pain Syndrome: A Survival Manual, LJ 9/15/96) offers an impassioned, in-depth manifesto for FMS and myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) patients that explores the wide spectrum of traditional and alternative approaches to these two disorders. Herself a physician living with both FMS and MPS, Starlanyl gives the reader valuable information for working with various health specialists through numerous "data sheets" geared to a particular practitioner, e.g., the cardiologist or dentist. Although her book would seem to accept uncritically many experimental therapies for FMS and MPS, Starlanyl argues that in medicine "hardening of the attitudes" is a common response of clinicians who lack a true understanding of these two painful conditions. Well referenced, with an extensive index but no illustrations, this is essential for every consumer health collection. Lisa McCormick, Health Sciences Lib., Jewish Hosp., Cincinnati
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Devin J. Starlanyl specializes in the research and treatment of FMS/MPS and related conditions. She is one of the several support persons who assist FMS/MPS patients through the Internet support group at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital in Brattleboro, VT. Starlanyl has both conditions, so her books are written from the empathetic perspective of one who understands the disorder from the inside. She lives in West Chesterfield, NH.

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I had borrowed this book from my local library, having heard that it is was extremely helpful to anyone suffering from Fibro. Not only were they right, but the book exceeded all my expectations! To see in words the symptoms I am suffering from, answers to questions about what is happening to my body and my mental state, page after page of suggestions on how to tell other people, from family to doctors about the disease, how you are feeling etc. etc.--it was a godsend. Just 2 weeks before, my left hip suddenly gave way while I was shopping; this had never happened before. Not five minutes into the book and suddenly there was the explanation as to why the hip can suddenly collapse. It may not cure me, but knowing the WHY of some of the aspects of this confusing illness helps my mental state. If you have fibro, if you know someone who does, if you are a health professional who would like to increase his/her knowledge of the condition, you MUST have this book. By the time I had to return the book to the library, I had already purchased it off the Internet and it has become my bible. As indispensible as medication, a good night's sleep and a positive attitude. Buy it!
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This the 2nd book on FMS/MPS I personally own, written by this author. It's focus is on how to be more of your own advocate in light of the many frustrations, misunderstandings, and unknowns surrounding the conditions of FMS & MPS. It reviews some material from the first book, but is chocked full of new and revised information. It also has extensive bibliography, and reference sections. The worksheets alone are great. This is truly another valuable reference tool for those of us with MPS, FMS, or both. Written by a compassionate physician who understands all too well the numerous frustrations and problems patients encounter, as she has both conditions. As a health care professional, and FMS patient, I was pleased with both it's content and presentation. This book has a permanent place on my bedside stand.
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"The Fibromyalgia Advocate" along with "Fibromyalgia and Chronic Mypfascial Pain" are two must haves if you or someone you love suffers from FMS. The pain and fatigue associated with fibromyalgia is REAL and it is NOT all in the patient's head (IAIYH) as some doctors may suggest. FMS patients are suffering and suffering miserably. These two books are wonderful resources for the FMS patient and family. I use them in my patient lending library in my office.
Dr. Michael L. Johnson, author of "What Do You Do When the Medicaitons Don't Work--A Non-Drug Treatment of Dizziness, Migraine Headaches, Fibromyalgia, and Other Chronic Conditions".
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I have read many books on the subject, but this is the one I am always referring back to. The information is accurate, informative, concise, and easy-to-read for the layperson.
One of the most useful sections is 'What Your Doctor Should Know: Information for Medical Specialists,' which detail how the disease affects the physician's specialty and can be copied at your convenience. Some information from Dr. Starlanyl's first book, "Fibromyalgia and Chronic Myofascial Pain: A Survival Manual," has been recycled, but both are worth owning to have for reference.
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I found this book to be greatly helpful in educating me in what is fibromyalgia and how to get the help I need. My primary care physician saw I was reading it and asked what they recommended. I take it with me to all Dr. appts and have had no problem getting the help I need to live a productive life with the pain. It has also helped me to understand why things are the way they are, such as the carbohydrate bingeing. I highly recommend this book to anyone with fibromyalgia.
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I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia (FMS) last week after a three month process. This book is extremely conprehensive in all aspects of how one must live and cope with FMS. It gave me insights into what I have been experiencing and helps me to ask the right questions of my doctor, helps me explain my condition to my employer, and made me aware of my rights as someone living with an "impairment" that few understand. Anyone with FMS MUST own and read this book.
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By A Customer on May 27 2000
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I am so grateful to Devin for writing this book! I find myself using it as a reference all the time. Even though most of us dont have as many resources as she does, I wouldnt even know where to start without her book. Who would ever think that pain releif could be as close as a tennis ball? So many great ideas and insite! If you are looking for a cure you will probably be disappointed but if you are looking for help and support this is the book.
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By A Customer on Aug. 16 2000
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This book has given me more insight on fibromyalgia than any of the other books I have read on Fibromyalgia. If I could only have one book it would be this one. Devin knows how we feel and gives us the information to cope. I have had "new" aches and pains and have found that this book addresses them. If you're looking for information on the way you feel and want to know how to cope, this is the book for you.
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