Not all primary care doctors are well equipped to deal with people who suffer from fibromyalgia pain and you may be dissatisfied with the care you receive. Your doctor may not understand fibromyalgia well and may not be familiar with all the different modalities used to treat fibromyalgia. It is so very important to find a doctor that can support you in the management of this condition. If you think are not getting your needs meet with your medical professional you may want to consider finding another doctor, or more than one, for the management of your fibromyalgia.
Here are some healthcare practitioners you can choose from:
Board Certified Rheumatologist. Board certified rheumatologists practice Western medicine but are perhaps the best Western type doctor to choose from if you suffer from fibromyalgia. They are doctors who deal with all sorts of musculoskeletal disorders from rheumatoid arthritis to other autoimmune disorders and fibromyalgia. They may be the doctor who ends up diagnosing you with fibromyalgia. Most of their methods involve the use of Western style medications for the relief of fibromyalgia pain. Some will also give you stress relief prescriptions and exercise prescriptions that will help you along with the medications they give you to relieve the pain. Rheumatologists are generally very busy and are hard to get into in a timely fashion. They may also not be able to spend the amount of time with you that you need in order to listen to all your concerns and to educate you on the disease. If you are a strong believer in Western medicine, however, this is the type of doctor you will want to try to get in to see.
Holistic doctor. A holistic doctor is another type of doctor who often treats those who suffer from fibromyalgia pain. They can be trained in Western medicine and can come from several different kinds of specialties. They may be osteopaths or MDs or have a degree in naturopathic medicine. The good thing about a holistic doctor is that they treat the patient as a whole person and often take into account the physical symptoms, emotional symptoms, lifestyle factors and other factors in your life in the treatment of your disorder. They will spend a lot of time with you, asking you questions about your symptoms, your lifestyle, your spiritual beliefs, your emotional symptoms, and your relationships. Holistic doctors believe that all these things play into the total experience of your disease and will consider all these things when they decide on your treatment. Holistic doctors use a variety of treatments besides Western medications. They may recommend certain exercises, lifestyle changes, homeopathy, acupuncture, herbalism, chiropractic care, and spiritual interventions in order to heal you from your symptoms. Holistic doctors are good doctors for people with fibromyalgia to see because they know about regular and alternative therapies for the disease and will try just about any one of them to help you feel better.
Gastroenterologist. If you have irritable bowel symptoms along with your fibromyalgia pain, you may wish to see a gastroenterologist who specializes in gastrointestinal diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome. They may give you dietary recommendations and may prescribe medications for you that can ease the stomach pain, cramps, and diarrhea so common to fibromyalgia patients who have irritable bowel syndrome. They can’t really help you with the other symptoms of fibromyalgia so they may just be an adjunctive doctor you see just for your irritable bowel symptoms.