How to Choose a Fibromyalgia Specialist
Step 1: Talk to your Primary Care Doctor
Your primary care doctor is the person you should go to first when you want general information about your illness or disease. Your primary doctor also knows you and your body best. According to WebMD, if he or she determines that you need to see a fibromyalgia specialist, your doctor can refer you to someone with more knowledge about fibromyalgia who can treat you further.
Step 2: Choose Your Specialist Carefully
When trying to find the right specialist for Fibromyalgia, WebMD says that you need to do extensive research and make sure they are board certified in their specialty, and know how to handle the tricky pain management issues that you will be dealing with.
Step 3: Focus on the Right Kind of Specialists
When looking for a fibromyalgia specialist, make sure you're searching for the right kind of doctor. According to WebMD these are the kinds of doctors that can best treat your fibromyalgia symptoms: Rheumatologists, Pain Specialists, Neurologists, Orthopedists, and Psychologists.
Step 4: Communication Is Key
When talking to your primary doctor and specialist, try not to leave either of them in the dark. WebMD says when you give both doctors specific details of your condition, it will help them to have a better understanding of you, and they will communicate better with each other.
Step 5: Consider Your Options Carefully
Choosing a specialist is an important decision. Make sure you take the time to consider what your personal preferences are. Do you feel comfortable sharing personal feelings about your condition with one of the doctors you meet more than with another? Would you rather see a male or female doctor?
You should also make sure that the specialist you choose has hospital privileges at the facility of your choosing. If you should have an emergency, you'll want to make sure your specialist can see you right away.
WebMD explains that the most important step in this process is knowing yourself and what you prefer in a health care professional.
Step 6: Meeting with a Fibromyalgia Doctor
According to WebMD, before you make a final decision its important to schedule a consultation with your potential fibromyalgia doctor. This is the step where you find out if you are comfortable with this doctor, and if they meet your preferences. If you want to receive the highest quality care, you need to get to know your doctor and make sure it's someone you can communicate with effectively.