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Fibromyalgia Appointment Guide

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Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • In the last week, how many days did you feel good?
  • In the last week, how often have you missed work or were you unable to complete daily activities, such as housework?
  • In the last week, how much has fibromyalgia interfered with your work or activities? Not at all, somewhat, or greatly?
  • In the last week, how would you rate your pain on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being very severe pain?
  • In the last week, how would you rate your pain and other symptoms, such as fatigue or stiffness?
  • In the last week, have you felt anxious or depressed?
  • What symptoms are you experiencing, including pain, fatigue, sleep problems, and memory problems?
  • How long have you had these symptoms?
  • Do your symptoms come and go or are they constant?
  • Have you felt depressed or anxious?
  • What other medical conditions do you have?
  • Does anyone in your family have fibromyalgia?
  • What side effects are you experiencing with your fibromyalgia medicine?
  • What is your main concern about a fibromyalgia diagnosis?
  • What new symptoms are you experiencing?
  • Do my symptoms mean I have fibromyalgia?
  • How do you diagnose fibromyalgia?
  • Could another medical condition be causing or contributing to my symptoms?
  • What tests do I need to rule out other medical conditions?
  • How do you treat fibromyalgia?
  • What treatment do you recommend for my fibromyalgia?
  • Do I have to use medications to treat fibromyalgia?
  • What kinds of exercise or physical therapy could help my symptoms?
  • Are there any restrictions to my physical activity?
  • What lifestyle changes can I make to help relieve my symptoms?
  • Are there any alternative medicine therapies that are effective for fibromyalgia?
  • Could a different medicine do a better job of controlling my symptoms with fewer side effects?
  • Could my new or different symptoms be related to fibromyalgia?
  • What is the best treatment plan for my fibromyalgia?
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Last Review Date: 2018 Dec 20
  1. Fibromyalgia. American College of Rheumatology. https://www.rheumatology.org/I-Am-A/Patient-Caregiver/Diseases-Conditions/Fibromyalgia  
  2. Fibromyalgia. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/fibromyalgia/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20354785   
  3. Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire. American Academy of Family Physicians. https://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/0715/afp20070715p247-of1.pdf
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