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Ask the Right Questions at Your Next Doctor's Appointment

Who is the appointment for?

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What is the reason for the appointment?

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Has a doctor diagnosed you or your loved one with lupus?

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Is the appointment with a current or new doctor?

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What are your symptoms? (Optional)

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What medications are you taking (if any) for Lupus? (Optional)

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Most important questions to ask about Lupus

Top 10 Questions about Lupus

  1. What is lupus and what causes it?
  2. How will lupus affect my daily life and long-term health, such as my risk of developing kidney disease or disabilities?
  3. What are common triggers for lupus flares and how can I best prevent flares?
  4. Are there any symptoms of lupus that should alert me to call you?
  5. What are the symptoms of lupus?
  6. Could my lupus symptoms be caused by another medical condition or a medication?
  7. What are my treatment options for lupus?
  8. Are there lifestyle changes I can make to improve my symptoms and support my treatment?
  9. What can I expect from my lupus medication and how long will it take to start working?
  10. Am I a good candidate for biologic therapy to treat my lupus?
  1. What is lupus and what causes it?
  2. Is lupus curable or controllable?
  3. How will lupus affect my daily life and long-term health, such as my risk of developing kidney disease or disabilities?
  4. Are my family members at risk for lupus and what information should I provide to them?
  5. What types of healthcare providers, such as a rheumatologist or a dermatologist, do I need to see and when?
  6. What are common triggers for lupus flares and how can I best prevent flares?
  7. Will my lupus get worse over time and how quickly is mine likely to progress?
  8. Are there any symptoms of lupus that should alert me to call you?
  9. What are the symptoms of lupus?
  10. Could my lupus symptoms be caused by another medical condition or a medication?
  11. How is lupus diagnosed?
  12. Can my primary care doctor diagnose lupus or will I need to see a specialist?
  13. Who is most likely to get lupus?
  14. What are my treatment options for lupus?
  15. What should I do if my lupus symptoms get worse?
  16. What might happen if I do nothing to treat my lupus?
  17. Are there lifestyle changes I can make to improve my symptoms and support my treatment?
  18. How can I best cope with fatigue and how much rest should I get?
  19. How will I know if my treatment plan is working well or if it needs to be changed?
  20. What support groups or services are available to help me and my family deal with my lupus?
  21. What can I expect from my lupus medication and how long will it take to start working?
  22. Am I a good candidate for biologic therapy to treat my lupus?
  23. How and when should I take my medication and what should I do if I miss a dose?
  24. How long will I need to take my lupus medication?
  25. What are the possible risks, benefits, side effects, and interactions of my lupus medication?

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Top 10 Questions about Lupus

  1. What is lupus and what causes it?
  2. How will lupus affect my daily life and long-term health, such as my risk of developing kidney disease or disabilities?
  3. What are common triggers for lupus flares and how can I best prevent flares?
  4. Are there any symptoms of lupus that should alert me to call you?
  5. What are the symptoms of lupus?
  6. Could my lupus symptoms be caused by another medical condition or a medication?
  7. What are my treatment options for lupus?
  8. Are there lifestyle changes I can make to improve my symptoms and support my treatment?
  9. What can I expect from my lupus medication and how long will it take to start working?
  10. Am I a good candidate for biologic therapy to treat my lupus?

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