Rheumatology - Experts in ArthritisA rheumatologist is an internal medicine physician who is qualified by additional training, certification and experience in the diagnosis and treatment of arthritis, osteoporosis and diseases of the joints, muscles and bones. Many rheumatologists conduct research to determine the cause and better treatments for these disabling and sometimes fatal diseases.
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New Patients: What to Expect from Your Rheumatologist
If you’re about to see a rheumatologist for the first time, you're on the right path. Studies show the earlier you’re treated for your rheumatoid arthritis, the more likely you are to feel better sooner and stay active longer.
Rheumatologists have the special training to make a treatment plan just for you. Your first visit will be part conversation, part examination. Your appointment may extra time, but it will be well worth the time. Because arthritis is a long-term disease, you'll may see this doctor often.
Do Your Homework
Rheumatologists are like detectives looking for clues to relieve your pain and treat your condition. To give your new doctor a head start:
Create a timeline. Go back as far as you can remember. Describe your symptoms and how they've changed over time.
Do some family research. What kinds of problems run in your family? Find out what you can about the health of your grandparents, parents, and any brothers and sisters.
Brown bag it. Your rheumatologist will need a list of your prescriptions for RA and other health problems; over-the-counter medicines like aspirin, rub-on creams, and other pain relievers; vitamins, herbs, and supplements. To make it easy, toss your medicines into a bag and take them with you.
Ask your other doctors for copies of your records and any test results or X-rays, and take them with you, too.