If you think you might have Fibromyalgia, you need to be prepared to talk to your primary care for women. The first thing I suggest is calling the receptionist of their office and asking if your doctor believes in Fibromyalgia. Despite the fact that Fibromyalgia is a real condition that has been recognized by the medical community, some doctors remain ignorant and cannot help you. Once you have determined that the doctor you will be visiting is properly educated; prepare yourself by doing the following:
You are your biggest advocate. No one is going to fight for your health harder than you. When you enter your doctor’s office, you should have a good working knowledge of Fibromyalgia. Educating yourself is fairly easy because of the internet. Start by reading my Symptoms Page and Diagnosis section.
If your doctor is thorough (which they should be) you’re going to go over a lot of information. Even someone without Fibro Fog might forget things. Do yourself a favor and make the following lists and take them with you.
Medication List: List all medications you are taking, including prescriptions, over-the-counter medicines, supplements and herbal remedies. Your list should include the name of the medication, strength and dosage. If you find certain medications effect you differently, write that down too. ie: My multi-vitamin gives me the shakes in the morning.
Symptoms List: Make a list of all symptoms you are experiencing. Print out My Symptoms Page, highlight any symptoms you are currently experiencing and take it with you. Just remember to include any other symptoms you are experiencing that is not on my list. You might have a lot of symptoms written down. Don’t be embarrassed! Fibromyalgia is a multi-system disorder. It effects many systems in our bodies and you need to give your doctor the full picture.
Questions List: Write down all of the questions you want to ask the doctor. These questions could include information about possible medication for Fibromyalgia, exercises, alternative therapies, vitamins. Whatever you are wondering about, ask them. Your doctor works for YOU. Don’t ever forget that.