If you have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and/or chronic fatigue syndrome, chances are, you know what it’s like to feel “F.I.N.E.” – “Frustrated, Irritated, Nauseated and Exhausted.”
It’s normal to feel frustrated when you suffer from a debilitating illness that is frequently overlooked because you “look” well. It’s easy to get irritated when you’re in constant pain, all of the time. It’s no wonder that you feel exhausted – when is the last time you got a good night’s sleep?
That’s why Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia – From F.I.N.E. To Feeling Better by Nancy Fowler and Lisa Ball is such a great find. Nancy – a registered nurse who retired from her profession due to fibromyalgia – and Lisa, a certified alcohol and drug counselor who provides support groups, counseling, and educational seminars to fibromyalgia and CFS sufferers – have collaborated on a wonderful support tool for those whose lives have been forever changed by “the thief”, as they call these illnesses.
There are a number of things I like about this book:
- The overall tone of this book is positive, upbeat and encouraging. Reading Nancy and Lisa’s book is like receiving a pep talk from two supportive friends.
- The authors present medical information in layman’s terms, making it easy to understand.
- Nancy and Lisa provide tons of helpful coping strategies and survival tips to help you get through your days.
- The book is infused with humor and illustrative stories.
The authors do a great job of raising awareness of the long-standing history of these illnesses. They list a number of high profile people who have lived with these illnesses (everyone from Florence Nightingale to James Garner!).
My main criticism is that the authors treat these diagnoses as one when, in fact, many top researchers, scientists and doctors corroborate that they are two distinct syndromes that just happen to share similar symptoms and frequently co-occur in the same patient (this is true of many other distinct conditions as well.) While the authors believe that “the patient doesn’t care what it’s called”, I think most people recognize the importance of accurately identifying your medical conditions so that you can research and seek the right treatment for it.
If you’re looking for an easy versus encyclopedic book to read on this subject, this book is it. This book contains a lot of practical information that can help you to better understand and fight against these insidious illnesses.
More Great Resources
If you like this book, here are a few more books you may enjoy:
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – A Treatment Guide by Erica Verrillo
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and Other Invisible Illnesses – The Comprehensive Guide by Katrina Berne
- The Art Of Getting Well by David Spero
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Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from Idyll Arbor to review. I was not compensated or required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
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