Book Review: The FibroManual by Dr. Ginevra Liptan

The FibroManual, by Dr. Ginevra LiptanI am so excited to introduce you to Dr. Ginevra Liptan’s newest book:  The FibroManual: A Complete Treatment Guide for You — and Your Doctor.

The FibroManual written by Dr. Ginevra Liptan is truly one of the best books available on treating fibromyalgia. It is a “must read” for every fibromyalgia patient and treatment provider. This book lives on my desk because I look things up in it constantly. I’ve also made it required reading for my Fibromyalgia Coach training class.

There are a few things in particular I love about this book:

First, Dr. Liptan includes all of the little things that have made the biggest difference in my fibro healing. These are all things that took me years to discover on my own — and you’ll have them all right here in one place!

Second, there is a section at the end of each chapter that outlines the things you can do for yourself, as well as the things your doctor needs to help you with. This makes it a very effective book for you to use on your own.

Third, there is a bullet point guide at the back of the book specifically for your doctor. It includes the research and studies that support her treatment recommendations. This means that our busy doctors can read the “cliff notes” version to know how to treat you.

Many people have asked me how The FibroManual differs from Dr. Liptan’s first book, Figuring Out Fibromyalgia. I’m also often asked if they should buy The FibroManual if they’ve already read the first one. If you’re wondering the same things, here are your answers. You can also find my review of Figuring Out Fibromyalgia here.

Figuring Out Fibromyalgia is limited to what we knew about fibromyalgia at the time it was published (January 2011). As you might imagine, we have learned a lot more in the six years that have passed. Studies have been done and drugs approved (or not approved!) that have changed our treatment strategies. While Figuring Out Fibromyalgia includes more of Dr. Liptan’s personal fibromyalgia journey, The FibroManual was written with your doctor in mind. As I mentioned above, Dr. Liptan includes bullet points at the end of every chapter and a “cliff notes” section in the back for your doctor with all the research links and information he or she needs to treat your effectively.

Ginevra Liptan, MD

I highly recommending getting a copy of The FibroManual — and sharing it with your fibromyalgia team. It truly is a complete fibromyalgia treatment guide that is written for both you and your doctor.

To learn more about this fantastic doctor who is a fibromyalgia patient herself, visit Dr. Liptan’s blog and listen to my interview with her below.

Tami Stackelhouse


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