Diagnosing & Treating Fibromyalgia Online

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that causes musculoskeletal pain. The condition can be caused by physical trauma, such as, a surgery, infection, accident, or repetitive injuries, as well as psychological trauma. Fibromyalgia also runs in families and researchers are currently looking into whether fibromyalgia may be a result of certain genetic mutations.

Oftentimes, someone with fibromyalgia will see multiple doctors before receiving their diagnosis because, currently, there is no diagnostic test for fibromyalgia. Doctors will also have to rule out other conditions with similar symptoms before confirming the diagnosis.

Although there is no cure for fibromyalgia, doctors will recommend treatments to alleviate the symptoms including certain medications as well as lifestyle changes, like sleeping well, exercising often, and sticking to a healthy diet.

During a video consult on TelaCare, one of our board-certified doctors will ask you a series of targeted questions to determine if your symptoms point to fibromyalgia. Then your physician will proceed to determine the best treatment plan for you. Your diagnosis will be based on the physical exam, duration, severity of symptoms and your medical history.

Once a diagnosis has been made, your doctor will go over the risks and benefits of the various treatment plans. Treatment for fibromyalgia is different depending on the severity.

Options for treatment of fibromyalgia may include:

  • Pain relievers
  • Anti-depressants (Duloxetine and milnacipran)
  • Anti-seizure drugs

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Got Questions? We've got answers.

See below for answers to some of our most common questions. You can also call us anytime 24 hours a day at 1-800-317-0280 to speak to a medical professional about your symptoms or conditions.

 How effective is telemedicine in helping me manage my chronic conditions?

Many studies have shown that being able to access care online greatly increases your ability to manage your condition. The ease of access to specialists – particularly in remote areas – means patients have greater opportunities to discuss their conditions on a regular and more frequent basis. Also, the ability to speak with a physician or specialist more frequently helps you to stick with your care plan and to get a better understanding of your condition.

 Is my online doctor visit private and secure?

Yes, we feel it is of utmost importance to maintain patient privacy and keep information secure. TelaCare is designed to be a private, secure, HIPAA-compliant tool that allows you to safely and confidentially consult with a doctor online.

 Can I get a prescription online?

Yes, in general you can get a prescription online. There is support for this nationwide, however there are several exceptions. 

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