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Here we reviews books specifically about fibromyalgia - research into it, sufferers experiences and so on.

The latest are below.  Others will be added when available.

Reviews by Nicki Southwell

This new edition was released after Christine Cragg-Hinton's death.  This popular and knowledgeable author has continued her brilliant work as a fibromyalgia sufferer and author.

Fibromyalgia and treatments have progressed enormously in the last 10 years and this book looks at all the symptoms (pain and aching muscles, fatigue, poor sleep, IBS, Joint stiffness, headaches and migraines, dizziness and many more).  These symptoms can be greatly improved by careful management and especially taking care with our diet.

It has been long established that our bodies respond to what we eat and with over 50 recipes, Christine shows what difference foods and food types can do to affect our mood and ability to find energy.  Food intolerance features high on the list of chronic symptoms that many have, and alternative ways to manage this are always popular and well received.

She outlines the minerals, vitamins and nutrients that our bodies need for peak condition and how to incorporate them into our daily lives.  As a fibromyalgia sufferer, she has researched these methods so they are tried and tested.

I would highly recommend this book as a sensible and natural way to balance the varied symptoms and help with many of the challenges that they present.

The Fibromyalgia Healing Diet

by Christine Craggs-Hinton

Living with Fibromyalgia

By Christine Craggs-Hinton

The recognition of fibromyalgia means that diagnosis and treatment are ncreasingly likely, but self-help is still key.  As well as tried and tested advice on how to reduce pain, boost energy levels and help with regular sleep, this new edition includes the latest in treatments.  It also looks at how the symptoms include fatigue, sleep problems, allergies, anxiety, irritable bowel syndrome, headaches, morning stiffness and coping with short term memory and concentration.  Further it examines how pain is experienced, explores the possibility that fibromyalgia may be due to a rogue gene, and clarifies the difference between fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.

Other topics include: fibromyalgia and immune dysfunction; links with hypothyroidism; psychotherapy; the vital importance of low-impact aerobic exercise such as walking, cycling or swimming; diet; illustrated posture and exercise advice; pain and stress management; complementary therapies.  Having managed her own fibromyalgia, the author now passes her experience and knowledge on to others.

Progress has been made over the last few years and more medical professionals are recognising the symptoms, but there are still many who lack the knowledge to diagnose and treat fibromyalgia effectively.  At present there are no national guidelines for treatment.  This is one reason this book is so vital to those with fibromyalgia, their families, friends and employers.  Christine extols the virtues of complementary therapies as 'having managed' her own fibromyalgia, she now passes her experience and knowledge on to others.