After you make an appointment with a health care provider, there are some steps you can take to make your visit a smooth one.

Try to compile a list of the following:

  • All past medical conditions, illnesses, injuries and surgeries, along with dates
  • All medications you’re taking and dosage, including vitamins, herbs and supplements
  • Information about your pain, including when it started, where it’s located, what makes it better or worse and how long it typically lasts
  • Any other symptoms you’re experiencing, even those that seem unrelated to fibromyalgia
  • Any allergies you have

If you’ll be having any tests, make sure to follow any instructions given to you for preparing.

Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Fibromyalgia

You’ll probably have questions for your doctor about your condition. Review this list of common concerns before your appointment, or print it out to take with you.

Questions About My Fibromyalgia Diagnosis

  • What is the difference between fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome?
  • Are there other medical conditions that fibromyalgia can be mistaken for?
  • What tests will confirm that I have fibromyalgia?
  • How serious is this condition? Does it affect other organs in the body?
  • Does this condition progress? Is it debilitating? Will I become bedridden?
  • Will this prevent me from working?

Questions About My Fibromyalgia Treatment

  • Is there a cure for fibromyalgia? Is there medication to treat it?
  • Will I always need to take medication for my fibromyalgia?
  • What are the side effects of this medication?
  • Are there herbal treatments that are effective? Are there alternative therapies that you’d recommend?
  • Are there any clinical trials that I can participate in?

Questions About My Lifestyle and Family

  • Does fibromyalgia run in families? Can my children get this?
  • What foods should I avoid? Is there a diet that will help me?
  • What exercise plan do you advise?
  • Should I enroll in a counseling program?
  • Are there biofeedback or stress-relief programs that will help?
  • Will I still be capable of sexual activity?
  • Can I still work? Can I drive?
  • Is there printed information about the condition that I can share with my family? Is there a support group in the community?