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Rheumatoid Arthritis 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.
  • Describe what you consider a flare of your RA symptoms.
  • How many RA flares have you had in the past year?
  • Were your flares predictable (such as, brought on by stress or other triggers) or unpredictable?
  • In which of your joints are you experiencing RA symptoms? In each case, is the joint on both sides of your body affected?
  • Are you taking your rheumatoid arthritis medications as directed?
  • For how long have you been having unexplained joint pain and joint symptoms?
  • In which of your joints are you experiencing symptoms? In each case, is the joint on both sides of your body affected?
  • How often do you have joint pain or swollen joints? Frequently, occasionally, or rarely? What time of day is it worse?
  • Do you notice anything that triggers your joint symptoms and makes them worse?
  • Do you have problems with dry mouth or dry and irritated eyes?
  • Are there specific activities your joint symptoms are preventing you from doing, such as cooking, climbing stairs, other activities? Be specific.
  • How well is your medication controlling your symptoms? Do you feel it is effective?
  • Are you having any challenges with taking your rheumatoid arthritis medications?
  • What new symptoms are you experiencing?
  • Are you satisfied with your rheumatoid arthritis treatment plan? If no, why not?
  • Do my symptoms mean I have rheumatoid arthritis?
  • How is rheumatoid arthritis diagnosed? What tests or exams can be used to make a proper diagnosis?
  • Could my symptoms be caused by another medical condition?
  • What medications are available to improve my symptoms?
  • What should I do if my symptoms get worse?
  • Are there lifestyle changes I can make to improve my symptoms, such as exercise or dietary changes?
  • How would you categorize my rheumatoid arthritis: mild, moderate or severe?
  • What are the best rheumatoid arthritis treatment options for me?
  • What should I do if my rheumatoid arthritis symptoms get worse?
  • How will I know if my treatment plan is working well or if it needs to be changed?
  • How often do I need to make appointments for follow-up? What are you looking for when I have follow-up appointments?
  • Are there other rheumatoid arthritis medications that would do a better job of controlling my symptoms?
  • Are my new or different symptoms an indication that my rheumatoid arthritis is getting worse?
  • What should I expect with my specific case of rheumatoid arthritis? How do you believe my symptoms will progress?
  • Are there specific activities I should avoid?
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Last Review Date: 2018 Jul 17
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