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Useful Information

These articles contain information that you may find useful. It could be travelling with your fibro or preparing for a Dr's appointment.

Preparing for your Doctor’s Appointment

Many of us who have a Doctor’s appointment tend to forget or don’t know what questions to ask or what to say.  It is a good idea to prepare in advance and write down any questions you need to ask, a list of symptoms, a list of prescribed and non prescribed medications taken and if you have any allergies.  This will help you remember what you need to ask and help the doctor in making a diagnosis and what the possible triggers are.


Taking Medication Abroad

  1. Make sure you have enough of your medication to last for the whole trip and don't forget to allow for a few days leeway in case of flight delays. Your doctor can supply you with up to three months worth at a time.
  2. Take a letter from your doctor and/or a repeat prescription/copy of your prescription. You will need to pay for a doctor's letter as this isn't covered under the NHS.
  3. Make sure you have the proper names of your medication not just the brand names they are sold under in this country e.g. Solpadol is co-codamol 30mg/500mg. You should also have the strength as many medicines come in different strengths.


What about driving with FM

Medication, Illness and Driving

Fibromyalgia and it's related illnesses, along with the side effects of any medication you may be on may affect your ability to drive.

You should always read any leaflets which come with your medication to see how it may affect you.

If you think your ability to drive may be affected, if you find yourself losing concentration, if your physical abilities are impaired or your reflexes slowed then you should first go to your GP for advice.  “The medical standards of fitness to drive are available to all medical practitioners and if your doctor, in accordance with these standards, has advised you that you should not drive you may wish to surrender your licence, and reapply for its restoration at a later date.


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