I love to read and I’m really picky about what I spend my time on. I don’t trust just anything, so it was hard for me to choose my first book about fibromyalgia. I searched, asked in groups, read reviews, and settled on Figuring out Fibromyalgia by Ginevra Liptan M.D.
I bought it on my Kindle from Amazon for $9.99 so I could start reading right away & was very happy with my choice. Dr. Liptan developed fibromyalgia herself while she was in medical school and has spent her time in practice with fibro patients.
She is the Medical Director of “The Frida Center” in Oregon, where they treat and educate about fibromyalgia. So I felt like I could believe her.
I like that the book has very current information, published in April 2011. I also appreciate how fibro is explained. I really had no knowledge as to what was happening to my body and this book helped educate me to where I can now even explain it to others. It made perfect sense! Not only does Dr. Liptan explain the syndrome, but she talks about causes, and then treatment. The treatments suggested aren’t just “take this prescription”, but really talk about healing your body. Just what I was hoping for! Direction!
The 5 main treatments recommended are:
manual therapy (myofascial massage)
reducing the “fight or flight response” (stress)
She also reviews treatments such as supplements and prescriptions, and includes a chapter on alternative treatments that may or may not be worth your time/money (cleansing & detoxifying, acupuncture, magnets, microcurrent therapy, cold laser therapy, bodywork, vitamins, minerals, supplements, hormones, etc.).
I haven’t taken all of the advice, some things are expensive and seemed out of reach (like specific food allergy blood testing), but for me it was a place to start. I know that God is leading me to become a healthier person and treat my body better. "Let us cleanse ourselves from everything that can defile our body or spirit. And let us work toward complete holiness because we fear God." 2 Corinthians 7:1 NLT. This book is a great guide. I started by deciding to focus on the 5 main treatments and add the few supplements she suggested. I dedicated a week for each one and read and studied and practiced. I’m not there yet, after 6 months I’m still working at it (diet has been tricky and to be honest I haven't done anything with Myofascial massage), but I can tell you I have had a GREAT improvement in my symptoms. I have gone from living every day in pain and in a fog, to having good days and bad days and have a greater understanding of what is going on inside.