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Mayo Clinic Guide to Fibromyalgia

Strategies to take back your life

Andy Abril, M.D., and Barbara K. Bruce, Ph.D., L.P.

  • While fibromyalgia occurs in men and people of all ethnic groups, 80 to 90% of the people who have fibromyalgia are women.
  • Mayo Clinic is a leader in treatment of fibromyalgia.
  • MayoClinic’sFibromyalgiaTreatmentProgram, offered in Rochester, Minn., and Jacksonville, Fla., is a multidisciplinary program treating 2,500 patients annually.



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million people in the U.S. and an estimated 3 to 6% of the world population are affected by fibromyalgia.

Drawing on decades of experience in treating fibromyalgia, Mayo Clinic Guide to Fibromyalgia offers research-supported, practical strategies that can help anyone with fibromyalgia live their best life. From personal stories of people living with fibromyalgia to the compassionate expertise of its medical editors, this book seeks to connect with people who have fibromyalgia in a way they may not have experienced from loved ones, or even doctors. From there, readers will learn about what fibromyalgia is — and isn’t — and find solace in knowing that they’re not alone in the challenges that they face.

This book outlines practical strategies shown to be effective in managing fibromyalgia, with worksheets throughout designed to help guide readers toward finding the best mix of strategies for managing their symptoms. The conclusion allows readers to put everything they’ve learned into an actionable daily plan they can start using right away.

2019 • 274 pages • Mayo Clinic Press

Andy Abril, M.D.Andy Abril, M.D.

Dr. Abril is chair of the division of rheumatology and co-medical director of the Mayo Clinic Fibromyalgia Treatment Program in Jacksonville, Fla., a multidisciplinary program for treating fibromyalgia.

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Barbara K. Bruce Ph.D

Dr. Bruce is the clinical director of the Mayo Clinic Comprehensive Pain Rehabilitation Center, a multidisciplinary program that encompasses adult and pediatric pain rehabilitation programs. Dr. Bruce is a psychologist in Mayo Clinic’s Department of Psychiatry and Psychology and an associate professor of psychology at the College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic.

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