Fibromyalgia sufferers often complain of widespread pain, but haven’t been able to get a specific diagnosis. Because fibromyalgia is linked to so many different symptoms, it can be tricky to figure out if you have fibromyalgia, or if your pain stems from something else. If you experience several of the issues below, it’s likely that you may have fibromyalgia:
There isn’t one unique test that helps your physician diagnose fibromyalgia; rather, the doctors at Apple Medical evaluate your overall symptoms. They gather all of your family medical history, as well as a detailed explanation of everything you’re currently experiencing.
It’s helpful to keep a journal of your symptoms for several days before your first appointment. Write down which symptoms you’re having, when they occur, and what improves your pain (if anything).
Your physician goes through a physical exam with you, too. They need to feel your lymph nodes and may press on tender points to check for inflammation. You might even need to have some blood drawn at the lab to check inflammatory markers or nutritional deficiencies. Usually though, you are diagnosed with fibromyalgia and begin a treatment plan at your first appointment.
Sadly, no. But you can get relief once your dedicated physician puts together a treatment plan for you. Fibromyalgia treatment includes:
In some cases, your doctor may prescribe medication to help you with fibromyalgia symptoms. Because fibromyalgia impacts so many systems in your body, you might need to try a few different medications or dosages before finding the one that works for you. Some approved fibromyalgia prescriptions include certain antidepressants, anticonvulsant drugs, anti-inflammatory medications, or sleeping aids.
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