Making Friends With the Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire Revised (FIQR)
- Are you improving or getting worse?
- It can be difficult to remember as weeks and months become years.
- Does your doctor understand that your Fibromyalgia related symptoms aren’t limited to Fibromyalgia pain but may also include fatigue, poor sleep, difficulty concentrating, mood changes and perhaps other symptoms?
- It’s not easy to communicate all this within the confines of an office visit.
- Does your doctor appreciate the degree to which your Fibromyalgia pain or other symptoms limit your ability to perform activities?
- If another doctor or an outside reviewer were to review your doctor’s chart notes, would they find enough documentation about the extent and severity of your Fibromyalgia-related symptoms?
- Your personal doctor might understand, but would others see enough to understand and respect what you are going through?
The Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire Revised (FIQR) is a practical way to help solve these problems. The FIQR measures the broad spectrum of Fibromyalgia related symptoms and activities over the last 7 days. You can complete the FIQR in less than 5 minutes. Tracking your FIQR scores can help you monitor the ups or downs of your illness. Giving your doctor a copy of a recent FIQR at the start of each visit should help your doctor better appreciate the range and severity of your problems.
By making your FIQR reports part of the doctor’s permanent record, then later doctors, insurance reviewers and others will likely respect this documentation. Without this, if your doctor’s chart notes are sketchy, chart reviewers might tend to be skeptical. Documentation is especially important if your illness is severe enough for you to consider Fibromyalgia disability through social security or private disability. Weak documentation can lead to rejection.