The Mind-Body Solution to Fibromyalgia, Part II
I ended my last post by telling you I plan to use the book The Mind-Body Mood Solution by Dr. Jeffrey Rossman, PhD, to tackle my fibromyalgia diagnosis and to help myself heal. The book is actually written and designed to help people who struggle with depression.
However, depression is a very real part of fibromyalgia, and in my opinion, could perhaps even be the root cause of many of the symptoms which eventually become a full blown fibromyalgia diagnosis for many of us. But, as I’ve said, this is simply my opinion and personal observation, and should never be taken as anything more than that.
That said, if you are struggling with fibromyalgia, are also in menopause (as I am), and would like to give this a try with me, pick up a copy of the book for yourself and follow along. I don’t know how long this process is going to take, neither am I completely sure how I will document my progress and for how long. But, it is definitely something I am going to fully commit to in the coming months, and I plan to share at least some of my journey with you.
How the Book is Designed
In the prologue of The Mind-Body Mood Solution, Dr. Rossman lays out how the book is designed to “work with your body and your mind simultaneously, to unblock your energy and get it moving in a positive direction.”
Nutrition, exercise, bright light, breathing practices, practicing living in the present, learning to overcome avoidance, techniques to transform judgment, forgiveness and gratitude, and the power of action are the physical strategies and elements of the program design.
The book also contains some preliminary assessment questions to get you started by establishing a working baseline in terms of how you are feeling both physically and emotionally before you begin the program. There are reflective questions throughout the book which provide periodic opportunities to think through some of your attitudes and beliefs toward such things as work, forgiveness, and gratitude.
It is essentially a workbook style approach which requires personal involvement rather than just passively reading. I personally like this approach because my learning style and temperament responds well to actually “doing something” rather than just thinking or talking about ideas.
There are several personal stories from Dr. Rossman’s own life and journey through depression, and some about his patients as well. It is an easy to read, easy to follow and looks also to be an easy to implement program.
Considering that the holiday season is upon us, however, I’m thinking it might be a bit touch-and-go for me to get fully started with it until after the New Year. But, I’m committed to the process and I hope you will also join me. There is nothing quite like the solidarity of the menopause sisterhood, and who knows? We might also be able to provide excellent fodder for future medical research in the area of menopause and fibromyalgia!
Magnolia Miller is a certified healthcare consumer advocate in women’s health and a women’s freelance health writer and blogger at The Perimenopause Blog.