The Fibromyalgia Survival Manual.

I am an avid reader and believer of the nonfiction books written by Devon Starlanyl, MD. Devon is a doctor who has Fibromyalgia and wrote one of the most impressive survival manuals for fibromyalgia that I have ever come across! Fibromyalgia & Chronic Myofascial Pain. In my entire 20 years, this is the book I continue to reference. This is definitely a must-read for anyone who has been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia Syndrome.


Dr. Starlanyl’s book talks about everything from the origins of fibromyalgia to the mind-body connection. Therapies, medications, supplements, exercise, journaling, even what to do when you are no longer able to work at your current job. I ended up purchasing the second edition because my first edition was so dog-eared it finally fell apart, literally. This book reads like more of a textbook. Go to the chapters that interest you first. You will work your way through this book as you face different challenges.

I have been asked if there was a better book because this book was originally published in 2001? No. There is not a better book. I am still learning as much from this book in 2017 as I did in when I bought it in 2002. There is too much information in this book to memorize. It will be your constant companion.

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 I must also add The Shadow Boxers. I co-authored this interactive journal. This book will help you live your best life with fibromyalgia! This book offers you options and ideas that are up to you to ultimately decide what your ‘plan’ will be. There are general definitions. There are seven personal life changes that you may opt to make. Six healthy habits are defined, you can decide to implement or not. Finally, this is also a journal with blank pages that allow you to write, draw, color, post pictures, do whatever makes this journal yours, it is up to you!




I strongly suggest is keeping a medical journal. 

I sincerely hope these resource suggestions will assist you in your journey to leading your best life with fibromyalgia!




  1. Good information. Great resources. I had the first book for a long time. I don’t have as many symptoms now, so I loaned it out. I never got it back. Oh well. I hope they get good use of it.
    It’s so good to see you back.
    I started to email, but remembered you never get my emails. What’s up with that?
    Hope you are as well as possible, my friend.

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    1. Wen, no idea why I do not receive your emails? I do have a new wi-fi provider. Maybe it’ll work now? I’m glad you liked the book, I think it’s important for all of us to have read it at one time or another. I am getting back to my ‘normal’! I am heading to our family cabin for a week. My Mom broke her arm and needs a little more help.

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    1. Hi Terri! Yes, I’m back! I’m glad you liked the resources. I especially hope you do follow up with a medication journal for sure. This procedure/therapies journal is going to be tough! I may blog about it in a week and say ,”don’t do it!!!” 😉 Kim

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  2. Hello kim!
    While not a person with this condition, I believe it’s a brilliant thing to share resources for others who would benefit from your experiences.
    All the best,
    Di 🙋🏻🌟🌟🌟

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