Patient discussing fm
Patient discussing fm

TALKING TO
YOUR
DOCTOR

The most important part of getting
relief is talking to and working with
your doctor regularly.

COMMUNICATING WELL FROM THE START

Getting the conversation started with your doctor

Living with fibromyalgia can be overwhelming and, at times, tough. But you’re not alone. Your doctor, as well as other resources and treatments, like LYRICA (pregabalin), are here to help. Whether you have just been diagnosed or you’ve been managing fibromyalgia for several years, work with your doctor to help find relief.

WAYS TO WORK WITH YOUR DOCTOR

PREPARING FOR YOUR NEXT APPOINTMENT

Visiting your doctor’s office and communicating your fibromyalgia pain can be difficult, especially when you have chronic, widespread pain. Viewing your doctor as your partner will enable you both to decide the best course of action and help you get the most from your treatment plan.

Take a look at some smart ways to work with your doctor.

Getting diagnosed and seeing a specialist

The first step to getting an accurate diagnosis is finding a doctor who has experience in diagnosing and treating fibromyalgia. Although fibromyalgia is not a rare condition, some doctors are more experienced with it than others. So, it is important to find a doctor with experience at making the fibromyalgia diagnosis and treating the condition. Rheumatologists, neurologists, and pain management specialists frequently diagnose and treat fibromyalgia. If your primary doctor does not have a specific recommendation and you are not sure how to find a specialist, your healthcare insurance provider can help you find a doctor. They can also tell you what steps to take before seeing a specialist.

When you get discouraged, communicate with your doctor

Getting diagnosed with fibromyalgia may not happen in just one visit. So it is important to have an ongoing conversation with your doctor about how you’re feeling and how your pain is impacting you throughout the diagnosis process. This will help you and your doctor build a strong partnership.

Fill out the Doctor Discussion Guide to prepare for your doctor’s appointment

Fibromyalgia is a different type of pain than a sprained ankle or a headache, so it’s very important to be specific about your pain. This Doctor Discussion Guide will help you keep a list of the questions you want to ask. It can also help you keep track of your symptoms and record important information about your daily pain level, physical activity, sleep, and how your pain is impacting you.

Once you fill out the Doctor Discussion Guide, bring it with you to your next visit.

Take an active role in your treatment

Your treatment is an ongoing process. It’s very important that you are aware of how it is affecting you and that you communicate this information to your doctor. Any changes or additions to your treatment should be a decision you make together. Your doctor wants to hear about your symptoms, experiences, and how you feel.

Ask what additional treatment approaches may be right for you

Discuss how lifestyle changes, such as eating a healthy diet, getting enough sleep, and incorporating physical activity, can help you manage your fibromyalgia pain. You may also want to discuss alternative treatments such as physical therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, massage, yoga, and more. Work with your doctor to decide what is right for you.

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CASSIE

Wife, Mother, Yogi
“I heard that LYRICA was available for fibromyalgia treatment. So I took the information to my doctor and she said she had heard about it and was open for me to try it.”
Doctor discussing fibromyalgia pain
Doctor discussing fibromyalgia pain
DOCTOR DISCUSSION GUIDE

Get help having an
impactful conversation
with your doctor about
your fibromyalgia pain