When to seek medical advice

See your doctor if you experience general aching or widespread pain that lasts several months and is accompanied by fatigue. Many of the symptoms of fibromyalgia mimic those of other diseases, such as low thyroid hormone production (hypothyroidism), polymyalgia rheumatica, neuropathies, lupus, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. Your doctor can help determine if one of these other conditions may be causing your symptoms.

Many rheumatologists treat fibromyalgia. Physiotherapists, specialists in physical medicine and rehabilitation, also treat it. Although the vast majority of fibromyalgia sufferers augment their therapy with alternative methods, it's best to start with a conventional doctor, since many other disorders, including infections and autoimmune diseases, can cause some of the same symptoms. A GP can also prescribe suitable medication, if needed.