Central Sensitization and Sensitivity Syndromes

A Handbook for Coping


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About the Book

Millions of people experience symptoms of central sensitization (CS) and central sensitivity syndromes (CSS) such as chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and multiple chemical sensitivities. Yet many lack diagnoses, education and resources. Without proper support, some patients may become withdrawn, suffering needlessly and possibly developing mental illness. Covering the syndromes within the context of central sensitization (CS), this book provides candid personal experience, strategies for symptom management, and suggested methods for coping and long-term healing, with easy-to-understand science.

About the Author(s)

Amy Titani has been teaching and providing peer support to others with central sensitization and central sensitivity syndromes since 2014. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Bibliographic Details

Amy Titani
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 252
Bibliographic Info: appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2017
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6863-5
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2780-9
Imprint: McFarland
Series: McFarland Health Topics

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v

Foreword by Ric Arseneau, M.D. 1

Preface 5

1. Sensitization and Syndrome Basics 9

2. Decreasing Trigger Exposure and impact 33

3. Fatigue, Pain, Relapse and Crash 83

4. Beyond Crisis—Advanced Symptom Management Strategies 98

5. Coping Emotionally and Psychologically with CS and CSS 126

6. Longer-Term Symptom Management, Living Skills and Healing 164

Appendix A: For Friends and Loved Ones—Helping, Connecting and Coping 207

Appendix B: For Medical Providers and Patients—CS-Friendly Office Protocols 210

Appendix C: For Medical Providers—A Patient-Centered Approach 212

Appendix D: For Singles with CS Who Live Alone—A Crash Plan 214

Appendix E: Travel and Vacations with CS and CSS 216

Appendix F: Recommended Reading and Viewing 221

Chapter Notes 223

Bibliography 231

Index 235