Fibromyalgia patients often struggle as they search for a good doctor who understands the condition and is willing to listen to them. There are numerous horror stories of doctors who ignore symptoms and misdiagnose patients, so it is important to find one that you can trust
Most patients begin their search with primary care doctors who can help them with the initial diagnosis. However, if you suspect you may have fibromyalgia, it may be better to search for a fibromyalgia specialist from the start. Rheumatologists are often familiar with the condition and may be the specialists you need. You may also want to consider searching for pain specialists and neurologists.
Recommendations from friends and family are still a popular way to find a doctor, but they may not work in every case. You may benefit from asking for help from fibromyalgia support groups online or in real life. Many hospitals, libraries and other facilities continue to have support group meetings that allow members to exchange information. In addition, online support groups and social media give you multiple options for getting advice
National organizations can also help you find a specialist in your area. You may want to consider contacting the National Fibromyalgia Association, American Chronic Pain Association and Fibromyalgia Awareness, National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association, FibroCenter and Fibromyalgia Network. For example, the FMS Community has a list of doctors organized by location that includes the United States, Australia, Canada, Mexico and other countries.
You will want to check the credentials, verify the license and search for reviews for each doctor you are considering. After narrowing down your list of potential doctors, you will want to make sure the one you select truly understands fibromyalgia and is willing to help you find the right treatment. You may want to ask how many fibromyalgia patients they have treated, what type of treatment and medication they usually prescribe and how long you will have to wait for an appointment.