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Fibromyalgia and Chronic Myofascial Pain: A Survival Manual (2nd Edition), by Devin J. Starlanyl and Mary Ellen  Copeland

It is easy to read right through. I picked up lots of information (that my doctor didn't know) about what is going on inside my body, and how to live and/or deal with it. It helps that the authors are also fellow sufferers of the disease, and they give their own insights and experiences as well as reviewing research and opinions of others.

I expect this is a book I will continue to refer to for a long time to come, and I am recommending it to anyone I meet who has the disease. Also very good for explaining to friends and family what is going on with your life, as there is not much actually visible, and most people, including some doctors, think you are complaining about nothing.

- Reviewed by Wendy Howard from Northland, New Zealand


"Devin Starlanyl has a remarkable determination to help relieve mankind of unnecessary suffering.  The guidance in this book can serve both practitioners who have yet to understand the nature of their own musculoskeletal aches and pains, and patients who are unable to find a practitioner adequately skilled in this neglected subject.  The message of this book is a voice crying out in a wilderness of neglect."

- David G. Simons, MD, Clinical Professor of Medicine at Emory University


"In a 1997 book review, I extolled the extraordinary features of the first edition of Starlanyl's and Copeland's Survival Manual.  As caregivers to FMS/MPS patients and as sufferers themselves, their advice in the book was superbly tuned to readers' needs.  Now, in this second edition, Starlanyl and Copeland have outshone themselves.  Having updated the Survival Manual and enhanced its laudable features, they have made an already valuable book almost priceless."

- Dr. John C. Lowe, Director of Research, Fibromyalgia Research Foundation, Board Certified, American Academy of Pain Management


"They've done it again!  This second edition of the Survival Manual is a gold mine of practical advice and scholarly information put into everyday language.  This book gives a great many options for all aspects of FMS/CMP and its message is one of hope.  An owner's manual for you, and one that should be required reading for all of your health care providers, this is not a book to be read and crossed off of your list, but a resource to avail yourself of over and over again.  The tools are here.  Use it yourself and have those close to you read it also.

- Richard Finn, Director, Academy for Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy, coauthor, Myofascial Pain Syndrome: Manual Trigger Point & S-EMG Therapies


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