10 Questions You Should Ask Your Doctor About Your Fibromyalgia

Doctor and Patient Discussing Fibromyalgia
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Okay, so you’ve discovered that you may have fibromyalgia after watching The Dr. Oz Show or after reading a health article about this serious and often misunderstood condition. And, now you’ve decided that it’s time to see your physician and talk to him about your concerns of whether or not you have fibromyalgia. Or, perhaps you have made an appointment to see a specialist such as a rheumatologist to get a diagnosis and the answers you need right away because you are in pain and you want help now and not months down the road. With that in mind, coming prepared to your appointment with a list of questions you need to ask about fibromyalgia is an important first step toward good health.

Listed below is a summary of the top 10 questions you should ask your doctor about your fibromyalgia that is provided in part by the highly informative Fibromyalgia-Symptoms.org website that is committed to helping women with fibromyalgia.

Top 10 Questions To Ask Your Doctor About Fibromyalgia

1. How do I know I have fibromyalgia? Ask about whether other fibromyalgia related conditions, such as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and Lyme disease. Inquire also about the causes of your fibromyalgia.

2. What fibromyalgia medications do you recommend? Learn about the latest treatment options for fibromyalgia, including what side effects and risks may be associated with these treatments. Ask your doctor about how many past patients she has treated with these medications and how successful they have been.

3. What medications, foods and activities do you recommend I avoid? Ask about which elements negatively affect your fibromyalgia treatment, such as a poor diet or strenuous exercise. Ask about which elements, such as a healthy fibromyalgia diet, can help.

4. What types of exercise can help to minimize my fibromyalgia symptoms? Inquire about activities such as stretching and aerobics that can help you ease common fibromyalgia symptoms like fatigue and muscle weakness and twitching. You should also inquire about how your daily activities will change.

5. Are there alternative fibromyalgia therapies that you can recommend? Find out about alternative treatment options, such as biofeedback and acupuncture that can complement your fibromyalgia medical treatment.

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6. Do you have any suggestions on how to explain my condition to family, friends and coworkers? Your doctor can often provide advice on how to tell your loved ones about fibromyalgia.

7. Are there any stress management activities that you can recommend? Making simple lifestyle changes, such as incorporating yoga or meditation into your daily routine, can help ease fibro symptoms.

8. Do you recommend counseling? Ask about some of the benefits of counseling for your treatment, as well as whether seeing a fibromyalgia specialist is recommended.

9. What support groups can you recommend? Learn about fibromyalgia support groups in your community as well as online fibro communities that can help you cope with the daily challenges of living with fibromyalgia.

10. Are there any clinical trials that I can be a part of? Participating in clinical trials is a great way to have access to the latest fibromyalgia treatments; discuss with your health care provider the benefits of participating in such a trial for your particular case.

For additional resources on how to get help for your fibromyalgia, listed below are some of the top websites that offer useful health information about fibromyalgia:

Fibromyalgia-symptoms.org

MyFibro.com

The American Fibromyalgia Syndrome Association

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