Communicating Effectively With Your Doctor Series: Post I

If there is one thing that frustrates us Fibro Fighterz more then anything, is a doctor or medical professional that lacks empathy and understanding. They can be cold and calloused and completely blow us off at times. This can be incredibly upsetting, and may even cause more problems then we had prior to  visiting them.

When one is afflicted by a chronic illness such as Fibromyalgia, the person that you have to think of first, always is yourself. You need to take you into consideration. By taking charge of your own health, you’ll begin your way down the path of good health and healing.

The first thing to think about is are you even with the right doctor? What I mean by this is does your doctor understand the condition your are affected with? Are they helping you at all, or are they just throwing random medications your way in hopes of something working, instead of actually taking the time to research what medications or treatments would actually help you? If the answer is no, then it may be time for you to seek a new doctor.

One of the essentials in life that is important to have is good communication skills. They will come in handy not only in relationships, but in nearly every single aspect of life, including your health. It is imperative that you be completely open with your doctor, and to not hide anything from him/her. On the same token, it is important to make sure that your doctor isn’t hiding anything from you either.

The first step to communicating effectively with your doctor is to make an appointment to see them. After it is made, sit down and make a list of questions that you may have for your doctor. Anything and everything that you can think of that you want to ask, do it. After all, this is your health we’re talking about here. Remember to have that take charge attitude!

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  1. Jennifer, I couldn’t agree more. First of all, Fibromyalgia is a PAINFUL illness. The doctor I see most of all is a Pain Specialist. He understands pain, he tries to alleviate my pain, and he is very sympathetic to my medical case. One of the hardest things about having Fibro, CFS and Myofascial Disorder is CONVINCING you doctor that you truly HURT. If I have to waste my time explaining where, what, when and how I hurt to get a little bit of pain medicine, then THAT DOCTOR DOESN’T GET FIBRO AND HE DEFINITELY DOESN’T GET ME~ I highly recommend that anyone suffering from painful chronic issues see a Pain Specialist. THEY SPECIALIZE IN PAIN…and we have SPECIAL PAIN. Another mistake some sufferers make, especially when trying to get disability from SSD, is to tell your doctor you feel fine when you go in, such as, “Oh, I am having a good day today, so not too bad”. If you say you are fine, they will write down, “patient states they are ok”, and you know if you have Fibromyalgia, CFS or any immune disorder that causes pain, that you are really NOT FINE. COMPLAIN!! Make sure your doctor’s office DOCUMENTS each time you go in that you hurt, that you aren’t sleeping, that you are depressed, that your migraines are bad, that you feel like crap, that you can’t function, that you are too tired to even think. Make sure YOUR DOCTOR writes it all down and never ever say you are doing great, awesome, well, etc. The Social Security Administration WILL HOLD ANY POSITIVE COMMENTS against you when filing for SSD. They aren’t looking for ways to give you money and support, they are looking for ways to DENY your claim and NOT give you financial support. I have been through the process and I KNOW!! God Bless!

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