I’ll admit it, I am an amazon.com junkie. I love to read and when I want to learn something new, I hop on amazon and order a few books on the subject. Getting an iphone was dangerous for me because now I go on my iphone app. I order books while standing in line at a store, in bed, at a red light in the car. It’s an addiction.
Below is a list of books I’ve found useful and might help. Please email me or comment below with any books or websites that have helped you and I’ll add them to the list (and read them).
Figuring our Fibromyalgia by Ginevra Liptan:
I read this book in a night. It was written by a Fibro Warrior physician and was published in Feb 2011. She has information about the most current scientific theories, her theories and talks about what therapies helped her – some western, some eastern. I would recommend this to anyone looking for answers.
The Complete Guide to Healing Fibromyalgia by Deborah Mitchell.
This book isn’t groundbreaking BUT there is an extensive section about vitamins and supplements that could help. It’s worth it just for that. (It’s what tipped me off to Super-B!)
The Complete Guide the Healing Foods by Amanda Ursell
This book is great. It talks about food and how our bodies process it and how it effects us. They also talk about how foods can help certain illnesses. Fibromyalgia is not one of them but any warrior could benefit from it.
Living Your Yoga. Finding the Spiritual in Everyday Life by Judith Hansen Lasater:
It’s is widely agreed upon that stress worsens the symptoms of Fibromyalgia. Even if you’re not a practicer of Yoga, this book focuses on slowing down & taking time for yourself.
This book is the reason I met John- no joke. I think everyone should read it. I know the cover is pink and there are parts of the book that are cheesy but the underlying message of the book is so important. Mama Gena stresses self-love, empowerment & taking care of yourself. I have recommended this book to almost every woman (and a few men) that I know. The theme is truly universal and anyone can benefit from it.
The Permanent Pain Cure by Ming Chew.
This physical therapist believes a lot of the pain people suffer from originates from improperly cared for fascia. Since I believe Fibromyalgia “muscle” pain comes from a malfunction in our fascia, I am very intrigued by this book.
Secret Food Cures by the Wilen sisters:
I love this book. I’ve had it since it was released. This book offers remedies for common health issues that come from “country medicine.” Before modern medicine, people were using plants, food and everyday things to help with health issues. I’ve used a lot of the suggestions in this book.
What your Doctor might not tell you about Fibromyalgia by Paul St. Amand:
This book is written by a doctor with Fibromyalgia who has been prescribing a different treatment options for years using guaifenesin. If you are newly diagnosed you will no doubt stumble upon his protocol. All of the “Fibromyalgia treatment centers” I’ve come across use his protocol. None of these centers take insurance, they are all cash only. Dr. Amand has never been able to prove that his protocol works scientifically but he claims has had success with his patients. His theories about what causes Fibromyalgia have been debunked by new studies and the fact that his treatment centers are a cash only gives me pause. I’d recommend his book because I think we should know all of our options.
Yoga as Medicine by Dr. Timothy McCall: This is written by GP who discovered yoga at some point in his life. He writes about the power of the mind and how you can harness that power through yoga, meditation, chanting etc. I am a big believer in this concept already so this book is right up my alley! He includes scientific evidence backing up his claims giving the reader even more reason to consider incorporating a yoga practice into their everyday routine. I would recommend this book to anyone Fibro Warrior. The actual section for Fibromyalgia isn’t the greatest but I use many of the poses mentioned under other sections like CFS & sleep disorders.
Yoga for Fibromyalgia by Shoosh Lettick Crotzer:
This book is very helpful in taking Yoga poses and modifying them for people with Fibromyalgia.
Yoga for Stress Relief DVD with Barbara Benagh:
This DVD demonstrates gentle stretches & yoga poses that I’ve found very useful. There are some poses I am unable to do. Listen to your Body and talk to your doctor before you start any exercise program.