Today is National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day: a time dedicated to increasing awareness of this disease, which causes widespread musculoskeletal pain as well as problems with fatigue, memory, and mood.
There is no definitive diagnostic test for fibromyalgia and the disorder was misunderstood for many years.
Currently, if a person has widespread pain for more than three months without any underlying medical condition that would cause the pain, a diagnosis of fibromyalgia can be made. However, because there are a multitude of symptoms that characterize the illness, it’s often necessary to track those symptoms for an extended period of time in order to establish a diagnosis.
It’s only been very recently that the medical community has come to understand the mechanism of pain. Doctors used to think that if there was no visible injury, pain was “all in a person’s head.” We now know that pain is primarily a brain process, and a variety of different factors can influence when, why, and how we experience pain, particularly chronic pain.
Subsequently, many people now living with fibromyalgia had spent a number of years, consulting with different types of medical specialists, in search of a diagnosis and some kind of treatment: their catalog of medical records is extensive.
All of those specialists, all of those records - they are all pieces of a health history puzzle, and since 80% of diagnoses can be made with information, rather than unnecessary tests, they are an essential tool in diagnosing and treating illnesses such as fibromyalgia. Each of those visits, and the information contained in the provider's notes can be pieced together to be meaningful to your care.
This Fibromyalgia Awareness Day, make the decision to get access to all of your medical records, from all of your providers. But instead of storing it in banker boxes or binders, make it truly useful with CareSync.
CareSync combines web, iOS, and Android applications with optional concierge services to help people manage health. CareSync's Health Assistants will collect all of your medical records, from all of your providers. The entire record will be scanned in, but more importantly, the important information from each of your past medical visits, such as any medications, allergies, health conditions or care plans, is transcribed into your CareSync account.
Your entire health history is available, and is easily filtered into a meaningful Health Timeline™ based on date ranges, medications, health conditions, and more. The filtered report is simply shared, directly from the CareSync app.
Care Manager tools help prepare for the visit, with task lists, and the ability to add notes, documents, pictures, and even a voice recorder to record the doctor's care plan.
Doctors are absolute thrilled when patients come in organized and prepared for the visit, family members and caregivers are able to actively help manage care, and patients are experiencing better visits, fewer unnecessary tests, and faster diagnoses.
Having access to up-to-date information that is easily shared is what CareSync is all about. To celebrate awareness, and how powerful it is to feel more in control in the healthcare experience, use the promo code FIBRODAY to save $10 on any CareSync Plus package May 12th and May 13th.