What should I ask my doctor about my fibromyalgia treatment?

Dawn Marcus
When you leave each appointment, make sure you can answer all of these questions:
  • Which of my symptoms are caused by fibromyalgia?
  • What nondrug treatments do I need to focus on?
  • How should I take my medication?
  • How long should the medicine take to work?
  • What side effects should I watch for?
  • When is my next office visit?
Don't be afraid to say you don't understand why something was prescribed for you. If you don't understand why a treatment is prescribed, you probably won't use it carefully or consistently. Your doctor should be able to clearly explain the reason for a specific treatment.

Also, if you're interested in hearing about a specific therapy and maybe trying it, ask whether it might be appropriate for you. Most doctors are eager to consider every treatment that might help you get better, so don't feel as if you might be embarrassing her by asking about different treatments.
The Woman's Fibromyalgia Toolkit: Manage Your Symptoms and Take Control of Your Life

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The Woman's Fibromyalgia Toolkit: Manage Your Symptoms and Take Control of Your Life

The Woman's Fibromyalgia Toolkit tells readers what they need to know to take control of fibromyalgia symptoms. It includes step-by-step instructions for using effective non-drug treatments,...

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