Fibromyalgia, as we’ve stated on the blog many times, is a condition that is still somewhat of a mystery to the medical community. Due to this, finding a medical provider who understands the condition may take some research. Even though it might still take research, it is getting easier to find medical providers due to the growing acceptance of the condition in the medical community.
WebMD, without a doubt, has some of the best resources when it comes to fibromyalgia. In this article they offer tips and suggestions when searching for a doctor who treats sufferers of fibromyalgia.
The WebMD article also states that even after hearing about a doctor, you should get with them and ask questions. The National Fibromyalgia Association suggests this list of questions:
- Are you comfortable with diagnosing and treating fibromyalgia?
- How many fibromyalgia patients have you treated?
- Are you familiar with my other conditions?
- What medications do you usually prescribe for fibromyalgia? Do you have a problem with the medications I am currently taking?
- What do you feel is adequate pain control?
- Can you treat depression or must I see a specialist?
- Are you familiar with alternatives therapies? What therapies do you recommend?
- How can you and I communicate best?
Selected quotes from WebMD Article:
“Fibromyalgia has come a long way in gaining acceptance in the medical community — now that we understand the mechanisms of this disease and have treatments proven to help.”
“Find out who in your town has fibromyalgia and who is taking care of them. Call local hospitals. Ask about support groups for fibromyalgia, lupus, chronic fatigue. People in those groups will know which health care providers treat fibromyalgia.”
-Kim Jones, PhD, associate professor at Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing and Medicine