In 2012 Dr Vallings wrote her first book, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME: Symptoms, Diagnosis, Management, at the time the most comprehensive publication available on CFS/ME. Dr Vallings has now produced a condensed version of the book, omitting the complex scientific material, and with more readable accounts of the condition - aimed at readers who may struggle to find the sustained concentration needed to absorb complex information.
This concise and easy-to-read book will help anyone with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME manage their illness and improve their overall wellbeing. It explains how CFS/ME is diagnosed and the different ways it may affect the body, so that people with CFS/ME will be able to more actively take charge of their health and create the best chance for recovery.
Based on sound research, this book contains strategies for dealing with specific symptoms as well as suggestions for managing sleep, easing back into exercise, and eating optimally for recovery.
It also deals with many other non-medical issues, such as education, work and money worries; managing everyday tasks like shopping and driving; maintaining a social life; and communicating with others about this commonly misunderstood condition.
It includes specific information on caring for someone with CFS/ME, especially the severely ill, and provides overviews of medication and alternative treatments, as well as a summary of the latest research and search for a cure.
Dr Vallings draws on her wisdom and experience to provide practical help and sound advice in this easily managed format.
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
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.
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
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
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
28 The balancing act
29 Protecting your future health
30 Current research and the way forward