New Book Seeks to Demystify Fibromyalgia and Offer Practical Ways to Manage the Disorder

New Book Seeks to Demystify Fibromyalgia and Offer Practical Ways to Manage the Disorder
A new book about fibromyalgia, written by Mayo Clinic healthcare professionals, aims to dispel myths associated with the disorder, and offer practical strategies to manage the symptoms. The “Mayo Clinic Guide to Fibromyalgia: Strategies to Take Back Your Life” was written by rheumatologist Andy Abril, MD, along with psychologist Barbara Bruce, PhD, both at the clinic's Florida location. Fibromyalgia, a frequently misunderstood disorder, is characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, sleep disturbances, and memory and mood issues. “Every day, we see patients who are hurting, who aren’t sleeping well and are exhausted, and who have trouble concentrating,” said Abril in a news release. “By the time they get to us, many of these people have been told that their symptoms are related to stress or depression. Others have been told that they are wasting their doctor’s time.” Researchers largely believe that fibromyalga amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way the brain processes pain signals. Many patients experience tension headaches, temporomandibular joint disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, and depression. Symptoms are sometimes caused by physical trauma, surgical procedures, infections, or marked psychological stress. In other cases, they gradually progress with no single t
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  1. Jane Coughlin says:

    Odd that the Mayo Clinic is publishing a book on Fibro! I went to Rochester, Mn, a year ago after spending two solid years living with 24/7 dizziness and I thought I was going to see the nation’s expert in chronic dizziness. Instead I was pummeled by a man who told me that FMS was a psychosomatic illness.
    It was the most devasting medical interaction I’ve ever had.

  2. N Flynn says:

    Sorry that you had to deal with yet another doctor that has his head up his ass about fibromyalgia!!!! I was diagnosed at 21 with FMS and I am now 50. I have been crippled physically, mentally, emotionally, professionally and socially by this horrible illness. Sadly, till this day (29 yrs later), the overwhelming majority of doctors do not have their science/facts straight about what we/their patients are coping with or why. Even the so called expert specialists in their fields (rheumatologists, psychiatrists, neurologists) are terribly misguided, misinformed, and/or “Ignorant” of fact based understanding and treatment for us. All that said, if you are having the unique symptom of dizziness (no widespread pain, no IBS, no sleep depravation, no cognitive impairments etc) I would get a second opinion on the diagnosis of FMS. Wtv the case, I wish you all the best! God bless and take care of yourself!

  3. Christopher Haskins says:

    My experience with Mayo Clinic was entirely negative. Totally conservative doctors that were incapable of thinking outside of the (apparently) identical medical education they received. My issue was dismissed as a psychosomatic problem, and I was told to find a psychiatrist. Since I was male, there was further disbelief that it could be Fibromyalgia…

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