Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Treatment Guide, 2nd Edition
Posted Oct 30 2012 4:50am
I personally believe that a patient should try to be an expert of his/her own illness. Having said that, I found it is a real challenge with ME/CFS. Unlike many other chronic illnesses, many doctors don’t have knowledge about ME/CFS, some deny it’s existence, and some misunderstood it as a mental illness or personality disorder. On top of that, this illness has politics among patients & advocates, which makes it more confusing to tell facts from political statements.
I have a book called Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Treatment Guide (1998) , which was endorsed by some of renown ME/CFS clinicians. It has been a very useful reference, especially when Internet wasn’t a part in our everyday lives. Even today, information I find in the book is useful and relevant.
I would hope that all medical practitioners possess the knowledge covered in this book when they treat their ME/CFS patients. If not, as I’m aware that none of these information are taught at medical school, I hope they are at least willing to learn the facts covered in this book and find understandings and suitable treatment regimen that suits for each individual ME/CFS patient.
As for a patient, it might be a challenge to read the whole book and absorb all the information at once because most of us don’t have medical degree and our cognitive function itself becomes a challenge with ME/CFS. Instead of trying to read the whole book, use it as a reference guide that you can find information on particular symptom or medication that is relevant to your symptoms and circumstances.
Comparing to 1998, year 2012 is an age of Internet. We can access and share any information online easily. I believe that it is one of the facts that the recent understandings and critical biomedical researches into ME/CFS has finally been happening. The negative side of the fast and large volume of information sharing is that we need to filter which information is reliable and legitimate. For that reason, it is still very handy to have one place reference source like this Kindle edition of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Treatment Guide, 2nd Edition.
Any new information and developments including useful web-links since 1998 are referenced in 2012 Kindle version.
If you look at Table of Contents , you will see the depth and widths of topics this book covers, which includes definitions, history, mechanisms & theories, long list of symptoms from trivial to serious, treatment protocols, long list of treatment options such as pharmaceutical medicines and dietary & herbal supplements, alternative and complementary therapies, coping and managing strategies, and more.
Table of Contents itself could overwhelm you as it is a very long list. However, you can take advantage of the convenience of digital book and skip to the answer you are looking for easily and quickly.
The other fact I like about the 2nd edition is the affordable price at US$2.99. Since many of us are financially struggling or have to live with very tight budget, I don’t feel guilty of suggesting to buy this book. Delivery is instant.
I’m not sure if my UK friends can buy it from US Amazon. The book is listed at UK Amazon, but it’s not available yet.
Disclaimer: No form of payment was received for reviewing the book. I have received the review materials from the author, although I ended up purchasing the Kindle format book as it is easier to look through.