Diagnosing Fibromyalgia: Questions to Ask your Doctor
Recently, scientists discovered that fibromyalgia chronic pain symptoms stem from having too many nerve fibers. (See Finally, Proof that Fibromyalgia Isn’t Imaginary.) If you suspect you have fibromyalgia, or comorbid symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency, then it’s important to ask the right questions from your doctor to get a proper diagnosis.
First, visit your GP
Fibromyalgia is still considered a pseudo-illness by many doctors, so you may have to network to find a true advocate. Start with your family doctor, and come prepared with a list of symptoms that concern you. Many of the symptoms of fibromyalgia also occur with vitamin B12 deficiency, a condition which patients of fibromyalgia are at risk for, so you should also request a blood test to check vitamin B12 levels.
Symptoms of fibromyalgia include:
- Extreme pain in specific zones around your body (tender points)
- Sore joints and muscles
- Extreme fatigue
- Brain fog
- Frequent illness
- Hypersensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
- Skin rashes, itchiness
Find a specialist
If your general practitioner is unable to help, then it may be time to get cracking and find somebody who specializes in treating fibromyalgia. Ask your doctor’s nurse, post on Facebook pages for fibromyalgia, or do a Google search for physicians in your area who specialize in chronic pain.
For your initial visit, bring along a list of questions to help you determine if you’ve found the right match. A good doctor should listen attentively to your symptoms and be up to date with the latest research surrounding fibromyalgia.
Questions to ask include:
- What causes fibromyalgia?
- How is fibromyalgia diagnosed?
- What is your experience in treating patients with fibromyalgia?
- What comorbid conditions occur with fibromyalgia?
- Is vitamin B12 deficiency a problem with fibromyalgia? Should I check my vitamin B12 levels?
- What medications will you prescribe if I’m diagnosed?
- Do you endorse any natural supplements or alternative therapies to help reduce symptoms of fibromyalgia?
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