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Fibromyalgia affects between three and six million
Americans—80 percent of whom are women—yet remains one of the
most difficult conditions to identify and diagnose. In the tradition of
the other titles in the First Year series, The First
Year—Fibromyalgia uses a unique approach—guiding readers
through their first seven days following diagnosis, then the next three
weeks of their first month, and finally the next eleven months of their
first year—to provide answers and advice that will help everyone
newly diagnosed with fibromyalgia come to terms with their condition and
the lifestyle changes that accompany it. Starting with the day of
diagnosis, patient-experts Florence and Marek provide vital information
about the nature of fibromyalgia, choosing the right doctors, treatment
options, psychological issues, holistic alternatives, self-management
strategies, illustrative charts and tables, and much more. The First
Year—Fibromyalgia will be a supportive and educational resource for
everyone who wants to take an active role in the management of their
condition.

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Reviews for The First Year: Fibromyalgia: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed:

5

Oct 31, 2007


Most books on F.M.S.
seem as though they are trying to sell you on something,
A Doctor, A Drug, A Technique.
One of the Very Few books on F.M.S.
I would actually recommend.
Actually,
I tend to recommend it for the first 5 years.
5

Jan 22, 2009

This book was by far the best book that I've read on Fibromyalgia. It went in to different aspects that are not normally talked about such as travel, pregnancy, etc.
4

Jul 28, 2016

Look at me, taking care of my health all responsible-like. Also, the first half of the book made me feel relief, seeing my symptoms and experiences shared with another person. The last half was all resources, redundant for an obsessive Google-searcher like myself but beneficial for those who aren't as enchanted by search engines.
4

Jul 27, 2017

I like this book because it's written by a woman who suffers from fibro. It's very different than reading someone whose medical specialty is fibro but they don't have it. Also, women's experiences, particularly with getting doctors to take them seriously, are different than men's.

What I don't like about this book is that she's also employed in the health care industry by a doctor whose speciality is fibro. He uses a particular protocol to treat it, but it hasn't been verified by research. Her I like this book because it's written by a woman who suffers from fibro. It's very different than reading someone whose medical specialty is fibro but they don't have it. Also, women's experiences, particularly with getting doctors to take them seriously, are different than men's.

What I don't like about this book is that she's also employed in the health care industry by a doctor whose speciality is fibro. He uses a particular protocol to treat it, but it hasn't been verified by research. Her slant toward that treatment is a little off-putting.

All in all though, not a bad read for people who have fibro. ...more
3

Jul 18, 2017

This was kind of a mixed bag. Parts of it were really outdated (chapters on how to use a computer and a search engine?), but parts were helpful and something I haven't seen in a lot of other fibro books (the psychological/emotional impact, helping other people understand, etc.). I could have done without the 3+ chapters proselytizing "low carb" diets as if that's the only food/diet information to consider - there's nothing here about how artificial sweeteners and chemical additives can trigger This was kind of a mixed bag. Parts of it were really outdated (chapters on how to use a computer and a search engine?), but parts were helpful and something I haven't seen in a lot of other fibro books (the psychological/emotional impact, helping other people understand, etc.). I could have done without the 3+ chapters proselytizing "low carb" diets as if that's the only food/diet information to consider - there's nothing here about how artificial sweeteners and chemical additives can trigger symptoms, how food sensitivities or allergies OTHER THAN "carbs" can play a role, etc. ...more
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Sep 26, 2013

Fibromyalgia affects between three and six million Americans—80 percent of whom are women—yet remains one of the most difficult conditions to identify and diagnose. In the tradition of the other titles in the First Year series, The First Year—Fibromyalgia uses a unique approach—guiding readers through their first seven days following diagnosis, then the next three weeks of their first month, and finally the next eleven months of their first year—to provide answers and advice that will help Fibromyalgia affects between three and six million Americans—80 percent of whom are women—yet remains one of the most difficult conditions to identify and diagnose. In the tradition of the other titles in the First Year series, The First Year—Fibromyalgia uses a unique approach—guiding readers through their first seven days following diagnosis, then the next three weeks of their first month, and finally the next eleven months of their first year—to provide answers and advice that will help everyone newly diagnosed with fibromyalgia come to terms with their condition and the lifestyle changes that accompany it. Starting with the day of diagnosis, patient-experts Florence and Marek provide vital information about the nature of fibromyalgia, choosing the right doctors, treatment options, psychological issues, holistic alternatives, self-management strategies, illustrative charts and tables, and much more. The First Year—Fibromyalgia will be a supportive and educational resource for everyone who wants to take an active role in the management of their condition. ...more
4

Oct 01, 2008

I gave this book to a friend newly diagnosed with FMS it has a lot of info for those just starting out and for me it was a lot of I already know that since I received "official" diagnoises over 3 yrs ago but have faced issues for about 15 yrs now without a name for them.

Its a good one to go back and look at when you need a reminder that you need to keep a journal because you just cant remember a thing that happened on monday sometimes and that when pain levels are high its hard to remember if I gave this book to a friend newly diagnosed with FMS it has a lot of info for those just starting out and for me it was a lot of I already know that since I received "official" diagnoises over 3 yrs ago but have faced issues for about 15 yrs now without a name for them.

Its a good one to go back and look at when you need a reminder that you need to keep a journal because you just cant remember a thing that happened on monday sometimes and that when pain levels are high its hard to remember if they went down in the afternoon or not and was it in the joints or was it only in the muscles on tuesday because now its thursday and its gotten so bad and hurts all over... ...more
4

Sep 05, 2009

A very easy to read book esp. for someone who's newly diagnosed or someone who has a family member or friend with fibromyalgia. I didn't give it a 5, because I thought it lacked some details. I might be a bit biased as my first read on the subject (about 3 years ago) was more technical and detailed ("Fibromyalgia & Chronic Myofascial Pain" by Davin Starlanyl & Mary Ellen Copeland)and I'm a details girl.
3

Aug 09, 2012

Some parts are extremely helpful but others talk as if you are exhausted 24/7 and are helpless. I am still fairly active and have fibro plus AI disease. I think the mind is a very powerful ally in overcoming obstacles. I do have crash days, but am rarely bedridden continuously as this book suggests many are. Does it make my pain less real? No.
3

May 10, 2011

A good overview and game plan - the parts about nutrition (advocate of low carb/glycemic) were particularly helpful. This is a "no excuses, just do it to feel better" approach, some tough love, which I related to well. I just haven't focused on the diet change yet, but will reread that chapter when I'm ready for it.
4

Jan 08, 2013

I found this book pretty useful although I disliked the uncomfortable/inappropriate gender stereotyping/assumptions which cropped up throughout.
5

Jan 09, 2012

Definitely the best fibromyalgia book I've read- informative, easy to understand, and comprehensive.
4

Jun 05, 2011

Covers many topics and is easy and straightforward to read. Really put fibro into perspective for me.
5

Mar 25, 2009

This is the best Fibro book I've read. It has a good mix of advice and info. It discusses the research and history of the disease and helps you find your way through fog and dr.s
5

Feb 10, 2010

Great book so far! Answers a lot of questions about recently being diagnosed.
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Dec 17, 2008

I'm learning sooo much. I actually got to meet her when I went to my appt. with Dr. St. Amand. Good book for anyone's library. You'll refer to it again and again.

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