When cooler weather arrives, you might experience more flare-ups in your joints and other affected areas, along with other rheumatic symptoms. If you have been considering seeing a rheumatologist, this is an ideal time to set up an appointment. Before going in for your rheumatology visit, you should make a list of the following questions to ask.
What is My Official Diagnosis?
Since rheumatic diseases often have similar signs and symptoms, having an accurate diagnosis is important. This diagnosis helps determine the best course of treatment for your condition.
How Often Should I Plan to Come In?
Having a rheumatic disease involves carefully managing it. Find out how often you can expect to come in for appointments so that you can plan accordingly.
Will My Symptoms Go Away? How Quickly?
Asking this question provides you with peace of mind that can help you manage your condition more effectively.
Why Do You Recommend That Medication?
This helps you understand which symptoms the medication treats, what the possible side effects are and whether or not you should discuss other options.
Are There Any Alternatives to Medication You Can Recommend?
Bringing this up means you can discuss lifestyle changes, homeopathic remedies or other types of care that you can use along with or instead of medication.
What if I Don’t Feel My Medication Dosage is Effective?
This helps you determine if your doctor will be willing to work with you finding the most effective care and make changes to your treatment plan as needed.
Are There Preventative Steps I Can Take to Prevent a Flare-Up?
Asking this helps ensure that you have a well-rounded treatment plan that involves reducing symptoms and taking steps to prevent them from occurring.
Do I Need to Change My Lifestyle to Feel Better?
Ask about changes you should consider making in your everyday life that can help ease symptoms of a rheumatic disease, such as chronic pain.
Will My Condition Worsen Over Time?
This helps you understand what to expect in the long term, so you can plan for changes that could affect your physical and mental health.
How are Medication Refills Handled?
Finding this out ahead of time ensures that you have your medication available at all times and do not have to go without it.
Will I See You for All Future Appointments?
This is important so that you’ll know how long your treatment plan is and how the office handles relaying information among different physicians if you won’t be with the same one for all of your appointments. You should also make sure that you’re alright with seeing different physicians if you won’t have the same one.
Talk to your doctor today about receiving specialized care from a rheumatologist. If you need more information about rheumatology care, please contact us at Arthritis Center of Lexington.