Trying to find a Doctor who can help diagnois me. Have had the fibromyalgia word thrown at me twice by two diff doctors my primary won't address it. It is really starting to affect my everyday life

Sometimes primary physicians

Sometimes primary physicians (family physicians) are reluctant to make the diagnosis of fibromyalgia. This may be because they do not know enough about the condition to feel comfortable making the diagnosis, or it may be because they fail to understand that fibromyalgia is a true condition that can have an enormous negative impact on their patient's life.

A diagnosis of fibromyalgia is really a diagnosis of exclusion. Because the symptoms of fibromyalgia may mimic symptoms of many other conditions, diagnosis can be a long and frustrating road for many people who suffer from this condition.

Rheumatologists are ideally suited to diagnose fibromyalgia because they specialize in bone, joint and muscle disorders. Rheumatologists see many patients with fibromyalgia and can more easily make the diagnosis. Neurologists also see a lot of fibromyalgia patients. If you suffer from pins and needles, chronic headaches or numbness of the extremities, you may be referred to a neurologist before a rheumatologist.

Regardless, it is important to see a specialist who is very familiar with the many nuances of fibromyalgia. You deserve to know whether or not you have fibromyalgia if it is affecting you in your everyday life. Ask for a referral to a specialist; it may be that your primary doc will be happy to pass on the responsibility of diagnosis to someone else.

Good luck!

Jennifer Bunn, RN


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Fibromyalgia is a prevalent condition that affects many people in the United States. Approximately 3.7 million Americans have Fibromyalgia. That is 1 in every 73 people.

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