Even when you are armed with knowledge about fibromyalgia (FM), getting the right health care professional for diagnosis and treatment can be difficult. Doctors with a negative bias against FM can have a bad effect on your diagnosis and care. If your doctor isn’t familiar with fibromyalgia, or doesn’t believe it exists, find another doctor.
Williamson (1996) says, “If you are confronted by a doctor who discounts fibromyalgia’s existence, you might want to remind the doctor that until the connection between the pancreas and sugar metabolism was discovered, doctors considered diabetes to be a psychological disorder.”
Once you do get a diagnosis of fibromyalgia, sometimes people don’t believe that anything is wrong with you, because you look fine. For you, and your family and friends, education is the key. Learn all you can about this syndrome. Then make sure a good support system is in place.
Fibromyalgia can be managed. The old adage “Knowledge is Power” truly applies to fibromyalgia. Learn what you can, then take an active role in your health care. Don’t expect the health care providers to do it all for you. Take charge, and you too can learn to live well with fibromyalgia.
(Source: About.com’s CFS and FM guide.)