Fibromyalgia - When To Call a Doctor
If not diagnosed
Call your doctor if you have
had the following symptoms for more than 6 weeks without an obvious cause. They
may be signs of
fibromyalgia, especially if they have developed
- Widespread muscle tenderness and pain,
particularly on both sides of the body and both above and below the
- Disturbed sleep (tossing, turning, waking up frequently
during the night) and waking up feeling tired and unrested
and joint stiffness that doesn't get better when you move around
If you have fibromyalgia, call your doctor if you have:
- 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.
Who to see
Health professionals who may be able to help you
with fibromyalgia include:
You may need to see a specialist who has experience with fibromyalgia. These include:
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.
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.