Explaining Pain

  • Posted on: 16 September 2010
  • By: jleff

I want to talk to my primary care physician about my pain and fatigue but whenever I try, I become emotional and embarrassed. How can I discuss my symptoms so he'll better understand how I feel?

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How to Talk to Your Health Care Professional about the Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • Posted on: 23 September 2011
  • By: jleff

I want to make sure my rheumatologist knows about the pain and stiffness rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is causing, but I'm afraid of being thought of as a complainer. What is the best way to discuss the RA symptoms I am experiencing?

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Sharing a Fibromyalgia Diagnosis

  • Posted on: 16 September 2010
  • By: jleff

I want to share my fibromyalgia diagnosis with my family and friends but, having been viewed as a "complainer" over the years, I'm worried they won't take me seriously. How can I best articulate my condition so that I receive support, not skepticism?

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Fibromyalgia and Parenting

  • Posted on: 16 October 2009
  • By: Guest (not verified)

As I watch other parents with kids, I wonder how my fibromyalgia symptoms will hamper my efforts to be an active parent. What can I do to balance my energy, play with my kids and still take good care of myself?

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Ref: Arthritis Foundation. Fibromyalgia Treatments. Accessed on September 8, 2009. http://www.arthritis.org/disease-center.php?disease_id=10&df=treatments.
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Managing Fibromyalgia with Your Doctor

  • Posted on: 16 October 2009
  • By: Guest (not verified)

Fibromyalgia is a complicated condition. What are some tips for communicating effectively with my health care provider about how to manage the disorder?

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Ref: Williams DA, et al. Improving physical functional status in patients with fibromyalgia: a brief cognitive behavioral intervention. J Rheumatol. 2002;29:1280-1286.
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