The steps to receiving a fibromyalgia diagnosis can take weeks, months, or years, but following these tips will help you get a quicker diagnosis (or eliminate fibromyalgia sooner).
First and foremost, make sure your physician acknowledges fibromyalgia. If he/she does not, receiving a fibromyalgia diagnosis will take longer, if ever, to obtain. Many physicians recognize fibromyalgia as being real, but there are still many that do not believe it is real. Read my article, Is Fibromyalgia Real?
Fibromyalgia IS Real
Fibromyalgia IS real with real symptoms. It is up to you to voice what you are experiencing and help your body to heal. Don’t let anyone say that what you are experiencing isn’t real or in your head. I know how much that hurts to hear someone say that to you.
What to Do
Next, follow these steps in no particular order (to read each of these steps in more detail, please read this article):
1. Keep a pain log
This is a very crucial part in helping your physician determine the severity of the pain you are experiencing. read more
2. Track your sleeping habits
Before tracking your nightly sleeping patterns, describe your sleeping area (i.e. bed, tv in room, cool air, light shining in the window) as well as your nightly routine (i.e. brush teeth, read in bed for thirty minutes, watch tv in bed for one hour, turn off light, go to sleep). read more
3. Keep a journal to track your emotions
Write down any anxieties, mood swings, or other emotions as they come on. Not only will this keep track of your emotions throughout the days, but it will also help you release any negativity or stress you may be experiencing. read more
4. Keep a medical notebook
This is a big one. It’s easy to forget any worries or questions you may have for your physician. Write down any questions or thoughts you want to discuss with your physician in your notebook. Keep it in your purse to help you remember those topics during your next appointment. read more
5. Request labs before your next appointment
Tell your physician you suspect fibromyalgia and request any labs that can be conducted prior to your next visit. This will cut out one to four weeks of waiting. read more
6. Restrict your diet and record the results
There are many foods that affect fibromyalgia. These foods include dairy, gluten, sugar, nightshade vegetables (eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, potatoes), simple carbs, and caffeine. Cut these foods out of your diet for one week and note any changes. Reintroduce one type of food back into your diet one week at a time. Track any changes. Noting these changes will reaffirm which foods affect your pain levels and will help you during the healing process. read more
7. Record supplements
Keeping track of your supplements such as vitamins and minerals will help your physician determine if you are lacking or getting too much of a vitamin or mineral. read more
What to Ask Your Physician
When you ask your physician about fibromyalgia, do not be afraid to ask questions. I’m sure you have lots of questions that led you to believe you have fibromyalgia, so ask your physician and tell him/her your concerns. He/she may also review the fibromyalgia diagnostic criteria with you.
If you feel as though your physician is minimizing, dismissing, or mocking your pain, find a new physician.
What to Do After Diagnosis
Once a diagnosis has been received, you can choose how to approach your healing journey. There are various ways to treat fibromyalgia such as medicine (over-the-counter and prescription), physical therapy, acupuncture, natural or a combination of several. The choice of healing is yours to make along with the guidance of your physician. Do not choose anything you are not comfortable with or have not researched. read more
Disclaimer: Please consult with your physician or healthcare provider for health care and treatment. The information in this website is not a substitute for professional healthcare or medical advice.
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