Talking to Your Doctor
Having an open and honest relationship with your doctor is an important step in managing your condition. Your doctor needs to know about your symptoms and how they’re affecting your everyday activities. Knowing the right things to discuss can help provide your doctor with a more complete picture of your health.
Here are a few suggestions for your next appointment:
- Write down your symptoms, the medications you’re taking, previous medical procedures, and your disease history. Share this with your doctor during your visit.
- Tell your doctor about the rheumatoid arthritis (RA) symptoms you’re experiencing. Make sure to talk about how you’ve been feeling and how your symptoms have been affecting you.
- Be very specific about your symptoms. If you have pain, describe how bad it is. Point to the affected joint or show your doctor the exact movement that is causing you pain. If it hurts, say something.
- Let your doctor know about any symptoms that may have changed or appeared since your last visit.
- Don’t forget to talk to your doctor about your treatment goals and the types of activities you’d like to be able to resume as a result of your treatment.