Dr. Romanick on Fibromyalgia

Sue Romanick MD

Dr. Sue Romanick was born in Toronto, Canada, and graduated from the University of Toronto (Trinity College). She completed her medical degree at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, and embraced its philosophy of patient-centered learning and problem solving. As an intern, Dr. Romanick became fascinated with the academically challenging field of rheumatology. She enjoys the detective work involved in solving unusual and fascinating patient problems. She welcomed an opportunity to participate in cutting edge research and spent a year in Heidelberg, Germany at the German Cancer Research Institute cloning cells and studying the workings of the body’s intricate immune system. This was followed by a fellowship in Plasmapheresis and Immunology at the University of California San Francisco. Dr. Romanick then completed a four-year fellowship in Rheumatology and Internal Medicine at the University of Washington. Dr. Romanick is a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and has not only achieved certification in both Internal Medicine and Rheumatology, but has also recertified voluntarily in both disciplines in order to stay up to date.

Dr. Sue Romanick as been in private practice on Seattle’s Eastside for more than 12 years. She evaluates patients sent by their primary care practitioners for rheumatologic consultations. In addition, she evaluates a diverse patient population from other specialists to help diagnose problems or outline a management plan. She also evaluates patients who have simply referred themselves for consultation. Dr. Romanick is qualified to deliver primary care as well.

Dr. Romanick’s love of teaching keeps her active in education. She was a preceptor for second-year medical students at the University of Washington in a program modeled on the one at McMaster University. Dr. Romanick has also enjoyed having individual medical and osteopathic students spend time in her clinic as part of their curriculum. At Overlake Hospital, Dr. Romanick has taught fellow physicians by presenting Grand Rounds as well as presenting teaching cases to the physicians during Clinical Case Conferences.

Dr. Romanick enjoys public speaking. She participated in a public symposium organized by the University of Washington and addressed different types of back pain. Dr. Romanick has also been appreciated by Overlake Hospital audiences. At its Seniors Fair, she spoke on pain and arthritis, gave a public presentation on osteoporosis and did an evening presentation on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue through the hospital’s physical therapy department.

Dr. Romanick has been a speaker for the Arthritis Foundation, including a recent program addressing patient empowerment and managing rheumatoid arthritis. In addition, she has shared her expertise on fibromyalgia on Andrew Schorr’s Patient Power radio program. Seattle Magazine has recognized Dr. Romanick as one of Seattle’s Top Docs.

Dr. Romanick enjoys the wilderness, hiking and canoeing. She is thrilled to be living in beautiful Seattle and supports its world-class arts with her husband. They have two sons.


Fibromyalgia is characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues.

Symptoms sometimes start after trauma, surgery, infection or significant psychological stress. In other cases, symptoms gradually accumulate over time with no single triggering event.

Women are much more likely to develop fibromyalgia than are men. Many people who have fibromyalgia also have tension headaches, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety and depression.

While there is no cure for fibromyalgia, a variety of medications and treatment such as exercise and stress relaxation methods can help control symptoms.