If you’re experiencing joint pain, stiffness, swelling, limited range of motion, it’s recommended to visit a rheumatologist. They can help determine the cause of your symptoms and develop an effective treatment plan. Before your appointment, it can be helpful to prepare a list of questions to ensure effective communication. Here are some important questions to ask your rheumatologist during your initial consultation:
Do I have an autoimmune Rheumatic musculoskeletal condition?
Understanding if your symptoms are caused by an autoimmune condition like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, or others is crucial. It means your immune system is attacking your body.
What is my diagnosis?
Request your rheumatologist to provide a written explanation of your specific condition and its implications. This will assist in informing others, such as family, friends, doctors, and your employer.
What tests will be conducted?
Inquire about the diagnostic tests your rheumatologist plans to run and their purpose in evaluating your symptoms.
What is my prognosis?
Learn about the expected outcome of your illness or symptoms. Your rheumatologist can explain how your symptoms may progress and how treatment can help you manage or overcome them.
Can I continue my usual activities (work, exercise, playing with kids, etc.)?
If your symptoms are impacting your daily activities, discuss with your rheumatologist whether modifications or limitations are necessary to prevent further harm or exacerbation of symptoms.
What therapies should I consider?
Alongside medication and treatment, ask your rheumatologist about therapeutic exercises, lifestyle adjustments, dietary changes, nutritional support, supplements, and other approaches to alleviate symptoms and enhance your overall well-being.
At Empowered Arthritis & Rheumatology, we are dedicated to identifying the underlying causes of your joint pain and other symptoms to provide you with effective treatment options. If your symptoms are disrupting your normal life, contact us today to explore our diagnosis and treatment options. We offer comprehensive evaluations and consultations, infusions and injections, and convenient onsite laboratory services. Schedule an initial rheumatology evaluation by calling us or contacting us online.