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Talking to a Doctor
Talking to a doctor about fibromyalgia diagnosis and treatment
For many people with fibromyalgia, getting the right diagnosis can take years and multiple doctors. Finding the right treatment can take even longer. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Following this 3-step plan can help make the path to finding fibromyalgia pain relief a little shorter.
Remember, getting a diagnosis can be the first step toward finding a treatment for your fibromyalgia pain. Once you know you have fibromyalgia, you and your doctor can discuss appropriate treatment options.
The first step to getting an accurate diagnosis is finding the right doctor. It’s important to find someone you trust and communicate well with. It is also important that he or she has experience diagnosing and treating fibromyalgia.
There are number of ways to find a doctor with fibromyalgia experience. Here are some suggestions that can help:
Ask the doctor about his or her experience with fibromyalgia
Many doctors have experience diagnosing and treating fibromyalgia. But some have more experience than others. It’s okay to ask questions. Remember, your doctor is there to help you.
Find out if you need to see a specialist
Work with your regular doctor. Together, you can decide whether you should see a specialist such as a rheumatologist, pain management specialist, or neurologist. Specialists often have more experience with pain conditions, including fibromyalgia.
Ask your healthcare insurance provider for doctors in your plan
Your healthcare insurance provider can help you find a doctor near you. They can also tell you what steps to take before seeing a specialist.
Being well prepared can help you get the most out of your doctor appointment.
Keep a list of the questions you want to ask
During the visit, it can be difficult to remember all your questions. So write them down beforehand. Then take the list with you.
Keep track of your symptoms
Write down your symptoms as they happen. This can help you remember all the details.This is especially helpful with a condition as complicated and unpredictable as fibromyalgia. Share your notes with your doctor. This will give him or her an accurate picture of your pain and how you have been feeling.
Make a list of what medications and alternative treatment approaches you are using. Write down your medications, including the dosage and how often you take them. It can also be useful to have a list of over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, supplements, and other medicines you take. It's also helpful to let your doctor know about everything you're doing to try and alleviate your symptoms. This information could help your doctor as he or she develops your treatment plan.
Collect your recent test results and records
If you are seeing a new doctor or specialist, make sure you have copies of your recent lab tests and medical records.
Prepare for your doctor appointment. Create a list of your symptoms. This will help your doctor assess your pain and diagnose if your condition is fibromyalgia. Fill out the Fibromyalgia Pain Questionnaire. Take the questionnaire to your appointment.
These steps should help make the path to getting an accurate diagnosis quicker and smoother. And once you have the right diagnosis, you and your doctor can decide if a prescription fibromyalgia medication, such as LYRICA, is right for you.