When a health care provider suspects a diagnosis of fibromyalgia, often s/he will refer the patient to a rheumatologist to confirm the diagnosis. This may take one or more visits. Sometimes the rheumatologist will continue to follow the patient but often the patient will be referred back to the primary care provider for continued care.

As with any condition, health care providers vary in their knowledge of fibromyalgia, and even in their attitude toward this condition. If you feel that you are not getting appropriate care from any doctor, a frank discussion at the next appointment may help. Lean more about Working with your Health Care Provider.