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BOOKS ON FIBROMYALGIA WRITTEN BY MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS

By Ginevra Liptan, M.D. 

Fibromyalgia is a medical condition characterized by widespread muscle pain and fatigue that affects 6-10 million people in the United States. Huge progress in research over the past decade has established dysfunction in sleep, pain, and the stress response in fibromyalgia. Current research suggests that the muscle pain of fibromyalgia may be generated from the fascia, the connective tissue surrounding each muscle of the body. As medical understanding of fibromyalgia has increased, so have our treatment options. With the unique perspective of a physician studying fibromyalgia "from the inside," Dr. Liptan explains the most up-to-date science and guides you to the most effective treatments from both conventional and alternative medicine.

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

Called the “invisible disease,” fibromyalgia is estimated to impact more than 10 million Americans. And yet, so much is still misunderstood about this chronic disorder. Mayo Clinic Guide to Fibromyalgia is an invaluable resource for understanding fibromyalgia and its debilitating symptoms.

BOOKS AUTHORED BY INDIVIDUALS WITH FIBROMYALGIA 

By Susan Parker Rosen and Robin Dix
Read stories written by real people from all over the world. Enhance your awareness about this disorder that causes chronic pain and other symptoms that changes one's life forever. This is the book you buy for your doctor, your therapist, your family, your friends and especially for your spouse or partner. Get ready to read the truth about Fibromyalgia, as this is very real.

BOOKS WHICH EXPLAIN FIBROMYALGIA TO CHILDREN 

By Elizabeth M. Christy

Why Does Mommy Hurt?  is narrated by a little boy who is learning to understand and cope with his mom’s chronic illness. Neurologist 
Dr. Kent Smalley says: “This book helps open up communication about some of the most common problems for those with a chronically ill parent-child relationship, including fatigue, forgetfulness and frustration.” Also, portions of the proceeds are donated to the National Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Association (NFMCPA).

By Melissa Swanson 

Melissa Swanson says she wrote Ravyn’s Dollafter being diagnosed when her daughter was 9 years old. “I found myself always apologizing and explaining why I could not do things that I used to do. I work in a school district with elementary and middle school children. The kiddo’s (sic) have asked why I sometimes wear dark sunglasses, wear a tens unit, use ice packs/heating pads or move very slow and wince in pain. I find myself explaining not only to the students but to adults that I encounter.”

By Melinda Malott

...is another great book for explaining fibromyalgia to a child. She says, about writing the book, “I have a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a Master’s degree in community health education, but my formal education did not prepare me to explain something as complex as CFS and fibromyalgia to young children. I decided rather than try to explain something I couldn’t understand that it was best to try to help my children understand my limitations.”

By Katie Carone

As anyone with a chronic illness like fibro will tell you, one of the toughest things to deal with is not being able to do things that you really used to enjoy doing. As Conscious Crafties writes, “It can be sad and confusing for both kids and moms when a mother is hurt or sick and can’t do all the things she used to. This simple and sweet book helps children understand limitations. It shares ideas on how kids can help, as well as activities a mom and child can can still do together.”