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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 rheumatoid arthritis?

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Is the appointment with a primary care doctor, or a specialist such as a rheumatologist?

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

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Most important questions to ask about Rheumatoid Arthritis

Top 10 Questions about Rheumatoid Arthritis

  1. What is rheumatoid arthritis and what causes it?
  2. Do I have joint damage and if so, how advanced is the damage?
  3. Will my rheumatoid arthritis get worse over time and how quickly is mine likely to progress?
  4. What are the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis?
  5. What are my treatment options for rheumatoid arthritis?
  6. Can early, aggressive treatment help prevent further joint damage and improve my pain?
  7. What can I do in addition to taking my medications to improve my symptoms and avoid flares?
  8. What medications can treat rheumatoid arthritis and how long do they take to start working?
  9. What medications can prevent further joint damage?
  10. What are the possible risks, benefits, side effects, and interactions of my medication for rheumatoid arthritis?
  1. What is rheumatoid arthritis and what causes it?
  2. Do I have joint damage and if so, how advanced is the damage?
  3. Is rheumatoid arthritis curable or controllable?
  4. How will rheumatoid arthritis affect my daily life and long-term health?
  5. Are there any symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis that should alert me to call you?
  6. Are my family members at risk for rheumatoid arthritis and what information should I provide to them?
  7. What types of healthcare providers, such as a rheumatologist or physical therapist, do I need to see and how often do I need to see them?
  8. Will my rheumatoid arthritis get worse over time and how quickly is mine likely to progress?
  9. How will I know if my rheumatoid arthritis is getting worse and what should I do?
  10. Does rheumatoid arthritis increase my risk of other health problems, and are there other things I should be doing to stay healthy?
  11. What are the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis?
  12. Could another medical condition be causing my symptoms?
  13. How is rheumatoid arthritis diagnosed and what kinds of tests do I need? What is a rheumatoid factor test?
  14. Can my primary care doctor diagnose rheumatoid arthritis or will I need to see a specialist, such as a rheumatologist?
  15. When and how will I learn of my diagnosis?
  16. Does rheumatoid arthritis get worse over time?
  17. How does rheumatoid arthritis affect your life and long-term health?
  18. What are my treatment options for rheumatoid arthritis?
  19. What might happen if I do nothing to treat my rheumatoid arthritis?
  20. What tests, including X-rays and lab tests, do I need to monitor my treatment's effectiveness and check for joint damage?
  21. Can early, aggressive treatment help prevent further joint damage and improve my pain?
  22. Are there other things you can recommend to help me manage my pain?
  23. When is surgery indicated to treat rheumatoid arthritis and what are the options?
  24. What can I do in addition to taking my medications to improve my symptoms and avoid flares?
  25. When and how should I exercise to help my rheumatoid arthritis and when should I avoid it?
  26. How will I know if my treatment plan is working well or if it needs to be changed?
  27. What medications can treat rheumatoid arthritis and how long do they take to start working?
  28. What medications can prevent further joint damage?
  29. What kind of monitoring, such as blood tests, do these medications require?
  30. How and when should I take my medication and what should I do if I miss a dose?
  31. How long will I need to use medication for rheumatoid arthritis and can I take a drug holiday?
  32. What are the possible risks, benefits, side effects, and interactions of my medication for rheumatoid arthritis?

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Top 10 Questions about Rheumatoid Arthritis

  1. What is rheumatoid arthritis and what causes it?
  2. Do I have joint damage and if so, how advanced is the damage?
  3. Will my rheumatoid arthritis get worse over time and how quickly is mine likely to progress?
  4. What are the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis?
  5. What are my treatment options for rheumatoid arthritis?
  6. Can early, aggressive treatment help prevent further joint damage and improve my pain?
  7. What can I do in addition to taking my medications to improve my symptoms and avoid flares?
  8. What medications can treat rheumatoid arthritis and how long do they take to start working?
  9. What medications can prevent further joint damage?
  10. What are the possible risks, benefits, side effects, and interactions of my medication for rheumatoid arthritis?

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS; Sarah Lewis, PharmD. Last Annual Review Date: July 25, 2016 Copyright: © Copyright 2016 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the Healthgrades User Agreement.

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