What fibromyalgia symptoms are serious enough for me to see a doctor?

If you suspect that you may have fibromyalgia, see a doctor soon. The symptoms of fibromyalgia can mimic those of other medical conditions, so getting an accurate diagnosis–as well as early treatment–is important. Your doctor will ask about your medical history and give you a thorough physical examination. If necessary, he or she will order certain tests. These steps allow a doctor to rule out the possibility that some other disease or illness may be causing your symptoms. If your doctor determines that you have fibromyalgia, he or she can prescribe treatments and strategies to help you cope with this condition.
Fibromyalgia is a diagnosis of exclusion meaning that there are many illnesses and diseases that can appear to be similar to fibromyalgia. It is important to speak with your doctor to determine if you have any of these other conditions through an appropriate work-up, including a physical exam, blood work and possibly imaging. If you have already been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and your symptoms are not well controlled through regular exercise, good sleeping patterns, and in some cases, medications, it would be worth seeing your doctor to see if you can work together to improve the symptoms.
Because fibromyalgia patients have widespread pain syndromes and other co-conditions, it may be difficult to determine which symtom is significant or not.
It is best recommended to be followed by a medical professional and seek consultation whenever you experience something of concern to you. Let your medical professional decide on the significance.

Having a consistent medical professional will allow him and you to understand your specific condition and its symptoms and then give you the proper guidance
Jacob Teitelbaum
Integrative Medicine
Because these symptoms including fatigue and pain can be disabling, I would see a physician simply if the symptoms are problematic. The problem is that most physicians are not properly trained in treating fibromyalgia and its underlying causes, so it is worth while to find one that is.
Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
If you suffer from deep muscle pain and think you might have fibromyalgia, call your doctor and get it checked out. Many people live for years with symptoms of pain, fatigue, and sleeping problems without knowing that they have fibromyalgia. Along with the constant muscle pain, people with fibromyalgia may suffer from headaches, GI distress, and random numbness or tingling. There are no medical tests to diagnose fibromyalgia. To get to the bottom of your illness, your doctor may run some lab tests and take some X-rays to make sure you don't have a more serious problem. After reviewing your symptoms and test results, your doctor can then treat fibromyalgia.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Check with your doctor if you have widespread muscle pain, achiness, poor sleep, fatigue, depression, and an inability to concentrate (fibro fog). Still, a fibromyalgia diagnosis is not an easy one to make. You may look like a million bucks, and your fibro won't show on X-rays or blood tests. But your doctor can still do a physical exam, take your medical history, listen to your symptoms, and order medical tests to rule out more serious problems such as multiple sclerosis or lupus.

To be diagnosed with fibromyalgia, you must have widespread pain for at least three months, according to the American College of Rheumatology (ACR). This means pain throughout your body on both sides. But there are other uncomfortable fibromyalgia symptoms that you should talk to your doctor about, including:
  • Headaches
  • Sleep problems (insomnia, difficulty staying asleep, sleeping 10 hours but still feeling tired)
  • Painful menstrual periods
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Feelings of anxiety or depression
  • Fibro fog or difficulty with memory and cognition
  • Restless legs syndrome
  • TMJ or jaw pain

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