- Widespread muscle tenderness and pain, particularly on both sides of the body and both above and below the waist
- Disturbed sleep (tossing, turning, waking up frequently during the night) and waking up feeling tired and unrested
- Muscle and joint stiffness that doesn't get better when you move around
- Symptoms of depression, such as a loss of interest in things you usually enjoy or changes in eating and sleeping habits. These can often be treated if you tell your doctor about them.
- New symptoms or existing symptoms get worse. Your doctor may need to reassess your treatment, such as adjust your medicines or prescribe different ones.
- Family medicine physicians.
- Nurse practitioners.
- Physician assistants.
You may need to see a specialist who has experience with fibromyalgia. These include:
- Rheumatologists, who have the most experience with diagnosing fibromyalgia.
- Pain management specialists, who have experience with treatment.
Pain management programs can be helpful too. These typically include a team of doctors, counselors, physical therapists, nurses and pharmacists who can help you develop a strategy for pain management. Your personal program may include medicines, complementary therapies, diet, exercise and counseling.
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