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The Pocket Guide Chronic Fatigue Syndrome / ME


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Table of Contents

Foreword by Ken Jolly 1 Behind the scenes 2 Symptoms and the course of the illness 3 The process of diagnosis 4 Fibromyalgia and co-conditions 5 Your emotional wellbeing 6 Physical exercise - a paced approach 7 Exercise for your brain 8 Your eating plan 9 Supplements 10 Food sources for vitamins and minerals 11 Sleep management 12 Hormonal effects 13 Sex, contraception and pregnancy 14 Dealing with pain 15 Managing low blood pressure 16 Allergies and sensitivities 17 Gut management 18 Improving your brain health 19 Infections 20 Approaches to medication 21 Natural remedies and alternative therapies 22 The severely ill 23 Helping others understand your illness 24 Caring for someone with CFS/ME 25 Social life and support groups 26 Work and education 27 Driving 28 The balancing act 29 Protecting your future health 30 Current research and the way forward

About the Author

Dr Rosamund Vallings is a leading international specialist in chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) and has been helping those with this condition for more than 40 years. Her previous books, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME: Symptoms, Diagnosis, Management, and Managing ME/CFS: A Guide for Young People, have helped thousands of people around the world. In 2016 she was the recipient of the Nelson Gantz Award for Outstanding Clinician by the International Association for CFS/ME. She has also been awarded Membership of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Dr Vallings lives in Auckland and travels regularly to promote understanding of CFS/ME and to further her interest in the latest research into diagnosis and treatments.


Praise for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME:Symptoms, Diagnosis, Management 'A much needed bible of information' - Professor Warren Tate, FRSNZ, CNZM; Praise for Managing ME/CFS: A Guide for Young People 'A down-to-earth blend of up-to-date medical knowledge and the wisdom of a very experienced clinician' - Alan Gurwitt, MD, Chair of Medical Advisory Committee of the Massachusetts CFIDS/ME and FM Association

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