Many of the books on fibomyalgia tend to focus primarily on how to live with the condition. While there is value in this approach I believe we need more answers about why fibromyalgia is reported to be more common in women, but is in fact common to all genders, races, and socio-economic people.
The first of two books on fibromyalgia: Women and Fibromyalgia Living with an Invisible Dis-ease, iUniverse, 2007, is a book in which I shared twenty women’s stories of courage in living with this unbelievably common, debilitating and chronic condition. It is storytelling that allows voices to be heard that have often been silenced. During the process of interviewing the women I lived through an ‘aha’ moment that led me to a possible, and highly likely explanation about why fibromyalgia is reported primarily by women and others who are ultra sensitive and have experienced childhood trauma.
I included much of the existing research regarding fibromyalgia, and I explored the current theories, symptoms, medical and complementary treatments and economic implications of this syndrome. I did not either in the book or on this site give medical advice, nor did I then and now suggest any alternative or complementary therapies.
This book would be of interest to all who have fibromyalgia, and/or chronic fatigue, accompanied by chemical sensitivities , and their families, as well as researchers who are interested in these conditions. Academics and health professionals who are involved with issues regarding women and health will also find the content of this book informative. While some may disagree with the theory I presented regarding the gender aspect of fibromyalgia, I believe most readers will find the ideas challenging and thought provoking.
And now, just published, is a sequel “Fibromyalgia: Unravelling the Mysteries of the Dis-ease”, published by iUniverse (2022). In this book I discuss the personality characteristics of those who develop this syndrome, causes, symptoms and how to live a better life with the challenges of this painful condition. The relationship between fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, PTSD, multiple chemical sensitivities and other invisible conditions is discussed in detail. The theory I developed regarding those who are more susceptible to this dis-ease is one which could be challenged but is the result of the many years of writing the blogs on womenandfibromyalgia.com (which are currently deleted to protect the anonymity of the commentators) and the hundreds of persons who wrote to me regarding living their lives with the many frustrations that are integral to that demon-fibromyalgia. The index will show some of the various blogs I wrote over many years of researching, interviewing, writing and living with fibromyalgia.
This second book is more subjective and recounts much of my own experiences over many years.