New Fibro Book for Patients AND Doctors

New Fibro Book for Patients AND Doctors

By Ed Coghlan

Fibromyalgia impacts an estimated 10-million Americans, many of whom are frustrated by their inability to get help from their doctor.

Ginevra Liptan, MD

Ginevra Liptan, MD

That’s exactly why Ginevra Liptan, M.D. has written her second book on the matter – The Fibro Manual—A Complete Fibromyalgia Treatment Guide for You and Your Doctor released this week by Random House Books.

Dr. Liptan is an interesting figure in the treatment of fibromyalgia. She developed fibromyalgia while she was in medical school, dropped out for year in the pursuit of how to deal with and now is one of the few clinical specialists to focus solely on it in her work.

Dr. Liptan, who has written in the past for the National Pain Report, recounts how she had a difficult time getting a diagnosis when she was in medical school (at Tufts) and how, in characteristic fashion, she threw herself into finding out more about fibromyalgia and how to treat it.

The book does a number of interesting things—including (importantly) at the end of each chapter how a patient can talk with their doctor.

One of the reasons the book is easy to read is that she breaks it into four main parts—what she calls The Four R’s of Fibromyalgia Treatment—Rest, Repair, Rebalance and Reduce.

The book is replete with patient anecdotes: like how they addressed the sleep issue that plagues many fibro sufferers, how diet (eating the right things) and exercise (from a little to a lot) can help a patient and many others.

She discusses medical marijuana (it works but we need to study it more), opiates (some work, some don’t), and non-traditional approaches like acupuncture and bee venom.

What this book is, about as much as anything, is how there is not a one size fits all treatment for fibromyalgia—which is important for both patients and physicians to embrace.

She points out—directly—that fibromyalgia still isn’t recognized as a disease but as a syndrome. And she admits that her inability to get a diagnosis from her doctors when she was in medical school not only caused her to take a leave from medical training for a year, but also made her angry for years at the fact she couldn’t get an accurate diagnosis.

That has fueled her work since. She directs the Frida Center for Fibromyalgia in Oregon and serves as a medical advisor to the Fibromyalgia Information Foundation.

And for fibro patients, the people who love them and the doctors that treat them, she’s written a book that all should read.

The National Pain Report did an interview with Dr. Liptan on the book which will be published this week.

The book is available on Amazon (click here)

You can follow Dr. Liptan on Twitter (here)

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Authored by: Ed Coghlan

There are 8 comments for this article
  1. Gina L Whitford at 7:57 am

    I just ordered the book and feel like it will be a huge help to me. I am on disability right now, but trying to get off of it and I am currently in school, trying to get back into the nursing program. I start my CNA classes on June 14, and I don’t want to be in too much pain, or eating pain pills like they are candy. I just want to be able to function halfway like a normal person!

  2. Geo Sims at 1:58 pm

    Good questions.
    The fibromyalgia number was a number from Dr. Liptan’s book (the one being reviewed), and while we cannot confirm or deny her reference(s), we do acknowledge that most sources usually report between 3-6 million (diagnosed).
    While there are several sources reporting various numbers for chronic pain, almost all now report over 100 million people with chronic pain.
    The most commonly cited source is:
    Institute of Medicine of the National Academies Report. Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education, and Research, 2011. The National Academies Press, Washington DC. (page 5)
    http://books.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=13172&page=5

  3. krissy at 12:02 pm

    Just ordered. Thank you!

  4. Bill Halper at 5:52 pm

    I’ve read her first book, and refer back to it from time to time. Maybe she could be the spokesperson for those with fibro/chronic pain who can knock some sense into the CDC, DEA and FDA for the opiates! Just a thought.

  5. Richard A. Lawhern, Ph.D. at 5:27 pm

    Ed — This isn’t to pick on you, but you’ve quoted an estimate of 10 Million Fibromyalgia patients in the US. Yet the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculo-skeletal and Skin Diseases estimates five million. Similarly, we often hear the statistic of 100 Million chronic pain patients in the US. Could you please share an original reference for both stats?

  6. Steve at 4:59 pm

    I just ordered the book, thanks for bringing to our attention. I have not found any other books about fibro to be helpful or sensible despite their popularity.

  7. susan walls at 7:56 am

    I am so glad that Dr. Liptan has wrote a book that will help with fibro. I was diagnosed with ofibro in 1998. I have tried just about every thing. You give up. I would really like to read her book on fibro. Hopefully it will help. My dr. really needs to keep up with new ideas I want to
    buy her book thank you dr. liptan for coming up with some new information.

  8. Cheryl suppnick at 7:21 am

    IVe been doing research on oxalte acid and fifromyalgia. Seems there is a corelation between fibromaylgia and oxalates. EAsy test. Just lower your high oxalates just a month and see if your symptoms go away, or lesson. Good luck