Chronic Widespread Pain: Lessons Learned from Fibromyalgia and Related Disorders
About the eBook
Chronic Widespread Pain: Lessons Learned from Fibromyalgia and Related Disorders is the most comprehensive and up-to-date book written about fibromyalgia and very common related but poorly understood illnesses.
Dr. Goldenberg is an internationally recognized, leading authority on fibromyalgia (FM). His position: Fibromyalgia is the key model to better understand and treat related chronic central pain conditions, including headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic bladder and pelvic pain syndromes and oral-facial pain. Common sleep and mood disturbances shared by each of these pain conditions are reviewed. An in-depth discussion of the overlapping clinical and pathophysiologic features of these disorders will provide a framework for treatment models relevant to each illness.
Throughout the book, he draws on his nearly four decades of professional experience, which includes extensive research in the field and evaluating 25,000 FM patient office visits over the past 30 years. In the last section of the book, Dr. Goldenberg outlines a new paradigm for a better understanding and management of these disorders, which can be incorporated in both specialty and primary care settings.
The e-book format affords the reader with access to 16 chapters and 170 images that can be used for teaching and patient care. Purchasers of the book will be able to sign up to receive regular updates on related scientific observations from Dr. Goldenberg.
Dr. Goldenberg’s work will interest rheumatologists, pain and sleep specialists, physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists, mental health professionals, neurologists and gastroenterologists, among others. Primary care providers, who see the vast majority of people with these very common and complex illnesses, will also find the book highly valuable.
About the Author
As one of the nation’s leading authorities on fibromyalgia and other poorly understood illnesses including chronic fatigue syndrome, migraine, and depression, Dr. Goldenberg has evaluated and treated more than 25,000 patients during the past 30 years in an international center he established in Boston, Massachusetts.
Chief of Rheumatology at Newton-Wellesley Hospital and Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine from 1989 to 2016, Dr. Goldenberg is currently living on the west coast where he serves as a member of the Affiliate Faculty in the Department of Medicine and the School of Nursing at Oregon Health Services University in Portland. He is also Professor of Medicine, Emeritus, at Tufts University School of Medicine.
"Dr. Goldenberg’s book is a comprehensive review of our current understanding of fibromyalgia and chronic pain disorders that will be an indispensable resource for clinicians and researchers. His thorough review of the literature and discussion of the findings will help to put to rest any doubts about the legitimacy of fibromyalgia and related chronic pain disorders. Dr. Goldenberg is a leader in the field and his book is a culmination of his many years of research and clinical experience. He presents a compelling case for the need to continue chronic pain research and improve our understanding and treatment of the millions of people who suffer from chronic pain."
Lesley M. Arnold, MD
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience
Director, Women's Health Research Program
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
"For most of my career as a rheumatologist, fibromyalgia was a controversial diagnosis; only recently has it emerged from the mists of obscurity to become the linchpin for understanding chronic pain. The author, Dr. Goldenberg is a highly respected rheumatologist, having seen about 25,000 fibromyalgia patients as well as being an academic researcher with over 200 peer-reviewed publications and 4 books. He has now written the most comprehensive book to date on fibromyalgia and related disorders. In 16 chapters and 316 pages, all the most authoritative articles that have led to our current understanding of fibromyalgia and related disorders are presented in a masterly synthesis of the essential facts. In chapter two Dr. Goldenberg presents a useful synopsis of the experimental findings that have led to our current understanding of fibromyalgia being a central pain state. This concept is expanded in other chapters to include fibromyalgia related disorders as well as pain in rheumatic disorders such as osteoarthritis. Chapters on sleep, genetic factors, stress, immunology and mood disorders provide a critical insight into predisposing and modulating factors. This book will be invaluable to researchers and writers who need to quickly assimilate the latest information on specific aspects of central sensitization disorders. We all owe Dr. Goldenberg our thanks for writing this book and to Practical Pain Management for its online publication."
Robert Bennett, MD
Professor of Medicine & Nursing
Oregon Health & Sciences University
"This e-book is a tremendous resource for clinicians. Don Goldenberg has been a leader in the study of fibromyalgia and related conditions for four decades, and his wisdom and knowledge shine through in this book. It has both state-of-the-art information regarding the science behind fibromyalgia, as well as very practical suggestions for management. In my view this book is now the gold standard for anyone wanting to take a deep dive into better understanding these conditions."
Dan Clauw, MD
Professor of Anesthesiology, Medicine and Psychiatry
University of Michigan