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Talking to Your Doctor About Fibromyalgia
- Bring someone else with you. It helps to have another person hear what is said and think of questions to ask.
- Write out your questions ahead of time, so you don't forget them.
- Write down the answers you get, and make sure you understand what you are hearing. Ask for clarification, if necessary.
- Don't be afraid to ask your questions or ask where you can find more information about what you are discussing. You have a right to know.
- Have you ruled out other conditions that could be causing my symptoms?
- Do you have any idea as to what could have caused my fibromyalgia?
- Have you treated many cases of fibromyalgia?
- Will I need to see a specialist?
- What types of treatments do you recommend for my case?
What medications are available to help me?
- What are the benefits/side effects of these medications?
- Will these medications interact with other medications, over the counter products, or dietary or herbal supplements I am already taking for other conditions?
- Are there any alternative or complementary therapies that will help me?
What type of exercise should I do?
- Conversely, are there any types of exercises that I should avoid?
- Will I be able to continue working and doing my usual daily activities?
- What is my prognosis?
- How long will it take before my symptoms begin to improve?
- Can you help me find a support group?
- How can I explain my condition to my family, friends, and employer?
- Where can I get some more information about this condition?
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD, FAAP
- Review Date: 09/2016
- Update Date: 09/17/2014