FIBROMYALGIA AND YOU, 91 minute video (1995 San Antonio, Texas.) Fibromyalgia Information Resources, $34.95 for individual copies.
Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) afflicts about five I million Americans and is the second most common disorder seen by rheumatologists in this country. Although there are relatively few knowledgeable books, articles and videos produced on the subject, Dr. Russell’s “Fibromyalgia And You” is an exceptionally professional, thoughtful and informative presentation on the subject.
With an hour and a half running time, this tape is organized into four sections that move smoothly from one to the next. Physicians specializing in the treatment of FMS, many of whom are also esteemed clinical researchers into the illness, deliver the latest information on FMS in simple and direct terms. While medical videos on comparatively clinical subjects such as FMS run the risk of boring viewers “Fibromyalgia And You’ consistently does the opposite. This video engages viewers with its thoughtful delivery of complex information and ‘talking heads’ appearances by both articulate FMS patients and internationally recognized experts on the subject.
One of the more inspirational parts of the tape is when a middle-aged woman patient discusses how she masters FMS stress management. She mentions how patients can effectively manage fibromyalgia through a multi-modal treatment program including exercise, relaxation techniques, plus a concerted effort to look on the bright side of life.
Experts who present cutting-edge information in this video include: Robert Bennett, M.D., Laurence Bradley, Ph.D., Carol Burckhardt, Ph.D., Xavier Caro, M.D., Sharon Clark, Ph.D., and Don Goldenberg, M.D.
Overall, the production is well-shot and well-lit. FMS patients, as well as physicians and other health care providers who treat FMS patients, will benefit from studying this video.
“Fibromyalgia And You,” price and order information: Personal/individual price: $35. The price for group showing, loaning library viewing or other institutional copies, such as for physicians’ offices: $180.
To order, write to: Fibromyalgia Information Resources, P.O. Box 690402, San Antonio, TX. 78269. Method of payment: checks or money orders only. U.S. funds payable to Fibromyalgia Information Resources through a U.S. bank. Postage and handling included for United States, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico. For all other destinations, please include an additional $5 postage cost per tape. Bexar County, Texas residents add 7 3/4% sales tax; all other Texas locations add 7 1/4% sales tax.