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Axial Spondyloarthritis Appointment Guide

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Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • Has your pain and stiffness improved since our last appointment? What number would you give it on a scale of 1 to 10?
  • Has your pain changed in any way?
  • How would you rate your sleep quality?
  • What types of exercise and other physical activities are you able to do?
  • Have you noticed any problems with your eyes or vision?
  • Where is your pain? In your lower back, hips, or neck?
  • Can you rate your pain on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the worst pain you have ever had?
  • Is the pain constant or is it worse at certain times, such as in the morning?
  • What makes the pain better or worse? What other symptoms are you having?
  • Is your pain or stiffness interfering with your ability to work or function? How much and how often?
  • Do you have a family history of arthritis in the back?
  • How well is your medication controlling your pain and stiffness?
  • What new symptoms are you experiencing?
  • What tests and treatments have you had so far?
  • How likely is it that my spondyloarthritis will progress?
  • What treatment plan do you recommend for me? And why?
  • What are the possible side effects of the treatment you are recommending? Are any of them long-term or permanent?
  • What lifestyle changes should I make to help my pain and stiffness?
  • What complications are possible with spondyloarthritis?
  • What is most likely causing my back pain and stiffness?
  • Could another medical condition be causing or contributing to my symptoms?
  • Do I need diagnostic tests to find the cause?
  • What treatments are most likely to help my back pain and stiffness?
  • Is my condition likely temporary or permanent?
  • Could a different medicine improve my back pain and stiffness better?
  • Could my new or different symptoms be related to the arthritis in my back?
  • What is the best treatment plan for my back arthritis? Am I a candidate for a biologic medication?
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Last Review Date: 2019 Dec 23
  1. Ankylosing Spondylitis. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/ankylosing-spondylitis/symptoms-causes/syc-20354808 
  2. Spondyloarthritis. American College of Rheumatology. https://www.rheumatology.org/I-Am-A/Patient-Caregiver/Diseases-Conditions/Spondyloarthritis
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