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, be alert to 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
successfully treated if you tell your doctor about them.
Watchful waiting means taking a wait-and-see
approach. It is normal to have sore muscles when you overexert yourself. This
pain usually will go away after a few days. If you think you are injured and
the muscle or joint pain does not go away in a few days (no more than a week),
talk with your doctor.
Who To See
Not every doctor will be comfortable diagnosing or
treating the symptoms of fibromyalgia, because it still is not a well-defined
disorder. Be sure to seek a doctor who is sensitive to your chronic pain,
fatigue, and other symptoms associated with fibromyalgia. Health
professionals with the most experience with fibromyalgia include:
Other health professionals who may be able to help you
manage your fibromyalgia include:
Pain management programs can be helpful, too. These
typically include a team of doctors, counselors, 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.
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