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If you think you may have Fibromyalgia (FM) or CFS/ME you should talk to your doctor. Only a healthcare provider can determine if you have FM or CFS/ME. Be prepared for your visit with a list of your symptoms and medications so you can make the most of your meeting with your healthcare provider, you will likely have limited time.

The following questions can help you assess your FM or CFS/ME symptoms. Take the results to your healthcare provider and talk about your answers.

What Does Your Fibromyalgia or CFS/ME Feel Like?

Fibromyalgia (FM) is characterized by chronic widespread pain and tenderness. CFS/ME is characterized as general pain and excessive fatigue. The pain of FM or CFS/ME may be unpredictable. You may feel pain that can affect different parts of your body, and the pain may feel worse on some days than others. Select the number that describes your FM or CFS/ME pain over the last 24 hours (0=No pain, 10=Worst possible pain): 

Where Does It Hurt?

Describe the areas where you feel FM or CFS/ME pain, tenderness, or both.

Make Your Doctor Aware of ALL Medications You're Taking

It's important that your doctor be aware of all medications you are currently taking. List all of the medications you are currently taking in the blank space below. Be sure to include all over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Types of Healthcare Providers

Knowing the different types of healthcare providers you have visited can help your doctor. List the different types of healthcare providers you have seen for your FM or CFS/ME pain in the blank space below.

List Your Concerns

Make a list of your top 3 concerns or questions for your healthcare provider by typing them into the space below.


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