Fibromyalgia is a disorder that causes widespread musculoskeletal pain that is often accompanied by mood, memory, sleep issues and fatigue. Sometimes a person will start to have symptoms of fibromyalgia after that have had surgery, physical trauma, an infection or significant psychological stress. Along with these symptoms a person may also have tension headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, depression, anxiety and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. Men are less likely to develop fibromyalgia than woman. Your family history may also make it more likely for you to develop fibromyalgia.
Once you have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, you will need an effective treatment plan for your illness. Even though there is no cure for the illness there are medications and therapies that can be prescribed to you to help with the symptoms. You are going to want to choose a doctor that is board certified in his or her specialty and research the doctor’s experience with pain management, specifically in treating fibromyalgia. You can also ask friends and family if they have any recommendations for a Rheumatologist. Your local hospital may also be able to give you a list of Rheumatologist in your area and you can also check with your insurance provider for doctors that accept your type of insurance. You will also want to ask yourself if you feel comfortable with a man or woman doctor. Are you comfortable with an older doctor or do you prefer a younger doctor?
A Rheumatologist is a doctor that can diagnose and treat arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and fibromyalgia. They will most likely be your main doctor during your treatment for this illness. Questions to ask the doctor during your first visit are: What are the doctors preferred methods of treatment? What can I do to reduce the pain? How can flare-ups be prevented? Are there activities that I should avoid? Are there any other treatment providers that I may want to consider seeing?
You are going to want to be open with the Rheumatologist about your symptoms, how long you have had symptoms, what type of pain you are having (throbbing, shooting or piercing), where your symptoms are the worst, any history of a recent emotional or physical trauma, any health concerns you are having, any over-the-counter or prescription medication you are taking (including vitamins and herbal remedies), your family history and if you are sleeping well.