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    Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Fibromyalgia and Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease

    Going to the doctor can be intimidating. You might feel rushed and forget to ask questions that are important. It's always a good idea to know what to ask beforehand and to take notes when with the doctor. Some of the questions below may be worth asking. Print out this page and take it with you to your next appointment.

    1. Are there any medications that could be of help?

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    2. Could exercise or physical therapy be used?

    3. What is scientifically known about these conditions?

    4. Are there things I can change in my environment to improve my health?

    5. Should I still take my medication even if I feel fine?

    6. Are there effective alternative treatments for my condition?

    7. Can I control fibromyalgia or systemic exertion intolerance disease (previously known as chronic fatigue syndrome) without taking medications?

    8. How physically active can I be if I have fibromyalgia or SEID?

    9. What is the long-term effect on my overall health?

    10. Does fibromyalgia or systemic intolerance disease ever go away?

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    Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on November 21, 2014

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