Reviving the Broken Marionette

This book contains information about over 250 medications that can be used to treat chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) and fibromyalgia. It is useful for both the patient and their doctor. All latest research breakthroughs are covered, including controversial theories. There are treatments for every symptom and comorbidity, but most address more than just a single symptom. Some treatments can even affect the actual disease process. No matter how severe your illness is, what symptoms you have and how sensitive you are to medications, you can most likely get better.

For every featured drug possible side effects, contraindications and drug interactions are listed. One of the appendices is also dedicated to drug interactions and how to avoid them. The other two appendices cover the possible consequences of surgery and vaccinations for people with CFS/ME and fibromyalgia. There is a glossary and index for ease of use. The book will help you understand your illness and how medications really work. It also contains invaluable information for doctors.

This book can also be very useful for people with e.g. restless legs, migraine, multiple chemical sensitivity, chronic pain, IBS and autoimmune diseases, even if they do not suffer from CFS/ME or fibromyalgia.

You can take a look at example medications, which features 50 examples of medications included in the book and the symptom list for symptoms and comorbid conditions which the medications in the book can be used to treat.


The book is available for purchase on Amazon and other online bookstores. Please use this link if you're planning to make a purchase on Amazon, as that way I'll get a little more money (but you do not have to pay any extra).

The book costs about €19/$25. The eBook is just €10/$13.40.


Book cover

Reviving the Broken Marionette: Treatments for CFS/ME and Fibromyalgia
written by Maija Haavisto
published by CFS-verkko
publication date May 12, 2008
6" x 9" trade paperback, 346 pages
ISBN: 978-1-4092-0335-3

Cover design: Stephen Caissie
Cover photo: Lauri Koponen

Also available as a downloadable eBook (PDF format)


1. Sleep aids, tranquilizers and muscle relaxants
2. Painkillers
3. Anticonvulsants
4. Antimicrobials
5. Psychiatric drugs
6. Stimulants and nootropics
7. Heart and blood pressure drugs
8. Hormones and immunomodulators
9. Other medications
10. Experimental therapies
Appendix A. Drug interactions
Appendix B. Surgery
Appendix C. Vaccinations