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Talking With Your Doctor

Talking with your doctor can be difficult at times. There are a few things you can to make the visit easier. Prepare a list of your main concerns. Ask questions about your diagnosis, tests, and treatments. Make sure you are prepared when you go. Bring this check list and ask questions. Repeat back to the doctor the key points discussed during the visit.

10 Questions to ask your Doctor

  1. What is arthritis?
  2. What type of arthritis do I have?
    • Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, other
  3. Do I need an arthritis specialist (rheumatologist)?
  4. What three things do I need to do to manage my arthritis?
  5. Do I need medication? If so, what?
  6. Do I need to exercise?
  7. What kind of exercise should I do, and for how long?
  8. Are there classes I can take to help?
  9. Are there resources available to me in the community?
  10. Should I tell my family about my arthritis?

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It is important to find out if you have arthritis and what kind it is because treatments vary for each type. Only a doctor can determine if you have arthritis and what type. You can help your doctor by having answers to the following questions.

Know the answers to the following questions:

  • Where does it hurt?
  • When does it hurt?
  • When did the pain first begin?
  • How long has it hurt?
  • Have you seen any swelling?
  • What daily tasks do you find difficult?
  • Have you ever hurt a joint in an accident or overused it on a job?
  • Has anyone in your family had similar problems?

Some tests your doctor might need to do include moving your joint to check the range of motion, check for swelling, tender points or skin rashes, blood or urine tests, and x-rays.


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