Fibromyalgia is a common and chronic syndrome that causes bodily pain and mental distress. Symptoms of fibromyalgia can be confused with those of arthritis, or joint inflammation. However, unlike arthritis, it has not been found to cause joint or muscle inflammation and damage. Symptoms resemble those of arthritis, but fibromyalgia affects the soft tissue, not the joints. People who have fibromyalgia often have a hard time finding a doctor who understands them and their disease. One of the most important things is to find a doctor that understands your symptoms and listens to you. How do you know if a doctor will be a good match for you? Be sure to ask your doctor questions.
Questions to ask your doctor about fibromyalgia treatment…
- What non-medication treatment do you recommend?
- Can exercise or physical therapy help?
- When do you recommend medication?
- What is the long-term effect on my overall health?
- Do you support complementary and alternative medicine treatment such as acupuncture?
- Does nutrition play a role in fibromyalgia?
- Are there any lifestyle changes I should make?
After your visit to the doctor there are some questions you should ask yourself…
- Did they seem to have the expertise in Fibromyalgia?
- Were they empathetic?
- Do you feel your doctor and his staff will be good partners in your care?
Those questions can help you decide if they will be a good match for your treatment. You can choose a combination of physicians and pain specialists who work together to coordinate a treatment plan for you. For example, you may see both a family physician, a rheumatologist, and a psychologist to cope with your chronic pain.
For persistent pain that is interfering with your daily activities, see a rheumatologist to make the correct diagnosis and begin the proper treatment.
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Tristate Arthritis and Rheumatology is first and largest Rheumatology practice in the Northern Kentucky area. Founded by Dr. Arthur Kunath in 1986, our rheumatology practice now consists of six doctors who are board certified in both Internal Medicine and Rheumatology and a Physician Assistant. Patients see one doctor (except in emergencies), thereby assuring continuity of care and an individualized doctor-patient atmosphere giving the physician the ability to establish personalized and detailed relationships. Our doctors have received numerous awards, including being listed as “Top Doctors” in Cincinnati Magazine, receiving the Patient’s Choice Award, the Most Compassionate Doctor Award, and the American College of Rheumatology’s “My Doc Rocks” award.
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