I visited www.arthritis.org and requested their “Let’s Talk RA” package. Arthritis.com promotes you and your physicians teaming up to work on improving your quality of life and treatment.
The Arthritis Foundation states that communication is the key. A good relationship between you and your rheumatologist is the key to having the best possible care. In order to have that type of relationship you have to be able to trust your rheumatologist, trust their knowledge and experience. In order for the rheumatologist to help you accurately is by you feeling comfortable enough to freely ask any and all questions and to tell them what your concerns and symptoms are. Your rheumatologist will be able to tell about possible treatments, side effects, and any other information you will need.
To begin with you should prepare for your visit. “Let’s Talk RA” suggests the following to help with this:
These are very good tips to follow. I am scheduled for a second opinion from a different rheumatologist this week. Receiving this information packet clued me into what I need to have ready before my visit.
Next post I will go over some steps to being a better patient.