Whether you are newly diagnosed with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and immune dysfunction syndrome or unrelenting fatigue, or are researching information about your symptoms, the selection process for a physician can be a struggle. These diseases are complex and require treatment by a physician with a great degree of specialized training.

If you are currently seeing a physician or specialist for fibromyalgia (FM), chronic fatigue and immune dysfunction syndrome (CFIDS) or unrelenting fatigue (UF), ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Does my doctor believe that FM, CFIDS, and UF are prevalent chronic diseases?
  2. Does my doctor see a significant number of FM, CFIDS or UF patients?
  3. Does my doctor see marked improvement in those patients by using outcome tracking and monitoring?
  4. Is my doctor open minded about treatment options other than prescriptions?
  5. Does my doctor rule out that my symptoms are related to menstruation, pregnancy, menopause, or psychological problems?
  6. Does my doctor think he can treat my disease?
  7. Can my doctor specify how long it will take for me to feel improvement?

Publication Review By: the Editorial Staff at Healthcommunities.com

Published: 31 Mar 2008

Last Modified: 15 Sep 2015