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"Written by a panel of experienced medical professionals and edited by noted pain experts Emeran A. Mayer and M. Catherine Bushnell, Functional Pain Syndromes: Presentation and Pathophysiology offers in-depth information about the causes of functional pain syndromes, their manifestation, and potential treatment options. The pain syndromes examined include irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), fibromyalgia, functional dyspepsia, interstitial cystitis, and chronic cardiac pain. The authors focus on the growing body of evidence demonstrating that these pain-related disorders frequently co-exist in the same patient. This book is especially helpful because it explains how these syndromes compare to each other, detailing similarities and differences, and their correlation to anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and chronic fatigue syndrome. The authors explain a wide range of treatment options from cognitive behavioural therapy to antidepressants and other pharmaceuticals. This 580-page book contains a plethora of relevant information about pain syndromes, especially useful for medical professionals who treat individuals with IBS. A full chapter of information is dedicated to this disorder, including the co-morbidity between IBS and other functional pain syndromes. It includes the pathophysiology, diagnosis, diet, and definition of IBS, and contains many helpful statistics and graphs. Several other chapters within this book also relate directly to the cause of functional digestive disorders in addition to IBS, such as functional dyspepsia."
The Inside Tract, 2010; 175(2nd Quarter):16, reviewed by the Canadian Society of Intestinal Research
 
"The problem of all current therapies is the long-term follow up.  Do those patients perhaps need a live-time support and bounding?  Impressing improvements after therapy often melt after some time.  We still base our therapy on assumptions and patients with functional pain syndromes are often regarded as an unpopular group of clients, often misunderstood in the social and medical system.
 
"This is why this book indirectly makes a very important contribution also to the future management of patients with functional pain syndromes: it emphasizes the necessity of further research on these aspects and the authors point out which important facts have been already explored in the last years.  In summary, we really enjoyed the reading of this book and recommend it for any colleague who is interested in functional pain syndromes, both scientifically and clinically."
European Journal of Pain, 13 (2009) 1096, reviewed by Christian Maihöfner and Beatrix Vill (read full review)
 
“This book is stimulating and could catalyze the integration of atomized knowledge from end-organ-specialists into a contemporary version of body-mind-medicine.  I recommend it highly as a resource for basic reading and an orientation in the expanding research field.  The references are well organized and up-to-date."
International Musculoskeletal Medicine, 31(3), 2009, pp. 1-2, reviewed by Dr. Jens Foell (read full review)
 
"In 2001 Ray and Zbik published a chapter in Tollison's Practical Pain Management, WWW publishers, entitled Cognitive Behavioral Therapies and Beyond. At that time the term central sensitization had not yet become commonplace, and we were calling it central sensory dysfunction. We did recognize and link the same 'functional' problems together, as does your current book. What we tried to demonstrate is that these functional problems are due to sensitization issues (especially brain) and not peripheral end organ problems. They only produce symptoms in the end organ. I am so glad to see another book now linking these issues together, and we must again emphasize that we may be dealing with one 'genotype' (neural sensitization) with multiple 'phenotypes' (the individual syndromes we see, ie FM, IBS, Vulvodynia, etc.) Treatments need to be directed at the neuroplastic capabilities of the nervous system and not at the end organs. Norman Doidge's book The Brain That Changes Itself is a good beginning. The neuroplastic concepts, ie 'what is wired together stays together and what is wired apart stays apart', are the basis for how many of the non-pharmacological (and quite possibly some of the pharmacological as well) therapies work. Research needs to be extended further into this concept, if we are to be truly effective with some of these various syndromes. Keep up the good work, IASP."
Review by Albert Ray (May 6, 2009), member of IASP since 1978, posted through IASP Website
 
"After reading this book, physicians will be compelled to look at these conditions as part of malfunctioning pain system and not just as an isolated disease."
Doody's Book Review Service (Score: 86/100, 3/5 stars), reviewed by Tariq Malik, MD
 
"This is a timely and fascinating compilation of epidemiology, symptomatology, theories of mechanisms of pain, and a dollop of treatment recommendations.  A struggle is going on in the pain world involving those who believe that neuropathic pains must have a lesion or disease in the nervous system versus those who believe that dysfunction in the nervous system is all that is required for the diagnosis of neuropathic pain.  This book is firmly in the latter camp.  Each chapter is concise and highly focused upon a specific syndrome.  Evidence is marshaled in each argument to support the thesis that all of the functional pain syndromes are correlated with changes in the peripheral and central nervous system, and that these are all disorders of central neural processing.
 
"Interrelationships between functional syndromes are emphasized, as are the ties to affective states.  The final chapter, authored by the editors, attempts to synthesize the wisdom contained in the preceding [sic] 24 chapters and provides a complex set of hypotheses about these all-to-common reasons to seek health care.  This book is a good starting point for those who wish to know the current state of thought about these puzzling and costly human conditions."
APS Bulletin, Volume 19, Issue 2, 2009, Reviewed by John D. Loeser, MD
 
"Functional pain syndromes, including irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, and interstitial cystitis, affect up to 15% of the population worldwide.  This book brings together experts from the fields of pain medicine, gastroenterology, psychiatry, physiology, genetics, and neuroscience to review the growing evidence that these disorders have substantial comorbidity with each other."
SciTech Book News, September 2009 (Annotation © Book News Inc., Portland, OR www.booknews.com)