Is it Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a common and complex disorder that is best managed through an individualized treatment plan. Consider the following tips to help you and your physician discuss your symptoms and create a flexible treatment plan that meets your needs.
Understand your symptoms:
Analyze your lifestyle:
Keep track of the medications/therapies you regularly use.
Document your current exercise routine.
Note how your symptoms impact your daily life.
Talk to other people about your symptoms and concerns, including family members who can discuss your family health history.
Conduct research to learn more about fibromyalgia and the different treatment options available.
Visit an osteopathic physician (DO):
Just like MDs, DOs are fully licensed to prescribe medications and specialize in all areas of medicine. They are covered by most insurance companies.
DOs can offer a unique approach to fibromyalgia management that focuses on treating the “whole person,” not just specific symptoms.
DOs recognize the importance of individualized, patient-centered care to better manage fibromyalgia. As part of a treatment plan, DOs can provide osteopathic manipulative treatment, a hands-on treatment used by DOs that helps care for musculoskeletal pain (such as back pain, migraines, carpal tunnel syndrome, etc.).
Find a DO in your area on the AOA's Physician Database.