Mayo Clinic Guide to Fibromyalgia (Paperback)

Strategies to Take Back Your Life

By Andy Abril, M.D., Bruce, Barbara K., Ph.D., L.P.

Mayo Clinic Press, 9781893005495, 272pp.

Publication Date: September 24, 2019

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Fibromyalgia is a condition that’s often misunderstood by the general public and doctors alike. This book aims to dispel myths about fibromyalgia and offers practical strategies that can help anyone living with this condition manage it successfully and return to a fulfilling and enjoyable life.

Drawing on decades of experience in treating fibromyalgia, Mayo Clinic Guide to Fibromyalgia offers research-supported, practical strategies that can help anyone with fibromyalgia live their best life now. From personal stories of people living with fibromyalgia to the compassionate expertise of its medical editors, this book seeks to first connect with people who have fibromyalgia in a way that they may not have experienced from loved ones and even doctors. From there, readers will learn about what fibromyalgia is – and isn’t – and find solace in knowing that they’re not alone in the challenges that they face. The half of the book sets the foundation for the second half, which outlines practical strategies shown to be effective in managing fibromyalgia. Along the way, worksheets will help guide readers toward finding the best mix of strategies for managing their symptoms. The entire book comes together in the last part, where readers will put everything they’ve learned into an actionable daily plan that they can start using right away.

This book is divided into 4 parts:

Part 1 defines fibromyalgia, describes what causes it, and lists the challenges it can pose

Part 2 outlines treatment options

Part 3 describes strategies for managing fibromyalgia

Part 4 outlines steps toward working with your health care team and family and creating a daily action plan for managing symptoms

From Publishers Weekly:

Coming from one of the most reliable, respected health resources that Americans have, this book is the first one a newly diagnosed patient should consult. (Sept.)

About the Author

Andy Abril, M.D., is chair of the division of rheumatology and co-medical director of the Mayo Clinic Fibromyalgia Treatment Program in Jacksonville, Florida, a multidisciplinary pro¬gram for treating fibromyalgia. Dr. Abril is the director of Mayo Clinic’s Rheumatology Fellowship Program in Jacksonville, Florida, and an associate professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science. He is board certified in rheumatology.

Barbara K.Bruce, Ph.D., L.P., is the clinical director of the Mayo Clinic Fibromyalgia Treatment Program in Jacksonville Florida. Dr. Bruce is a pain psychologist in Mayo Clinic’s Department of Psychiatry and Psychology and a professor of psychology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science. She is active in many professional organizations dedicated to the study and treatment of pain, including the American Pain Society and the International Association for the Study of Pain.