When you have rheumatoid arthritis, there are certain things you have to accept. But you shouldn’t have to feel like every day revolves around your disease. Struggling with basic daily activities is more than just a hassle. It can start to affect how you see yourself and how you interact with family and friends.
That’s why it’s important to understand as much as you can about your condition, your symptoms and how to have a productive conversation with your rheumatologist. The better you understand each other, the more confident you’ll be that you and your doctor have chosen the best approach to managing your RA.
Keep track of your RA
symptoms and how
they affect you.
The RethinKit will give you tools to help
you track your symptoms and guide you in
talking to your doctor about them.
When you’re dealing with RA pain, one of the best things you can do is to talk to your rheumatologist. And there are things you can do to make sure you’re both on the same page. Understanding how to describe your rheumatoid arthritis symptoms in a way that’s meaningful for both of you will help your doctor determine if you’re on the right treatment.
Your rheumatologist needs to know how pain and swelling affect you over time. Talk about your symptoms—and choose an everyday activity for reference. For example, if you used to be able to play on the floor with your kids, and you no longer can, tell your doctor. This information can help you and your rheumatologist figure out how your current treatment plan is working for you.
Doctors tend to focus on
objective measures, like
your number of swollen
joints. So be specific
about your symptoms.
Say how often you have
pain or how long your morning stiffness lasts.
Discussing RA Symptoms
Don’t just tell your rheumatologist how you’re feeling today—talk about how your symptoms have changed since you were first diagnosed. Every appointment is a chance to help your doctor understand what feeling good means to you.
The RethinKit includes valuable
insights and support to prepare
you for talking to your doctor.
If you’ve been dealing with rheumatoid arthritis for a while, you’ve probably had plenty of discussions about it with your doctor. But if you’re still struggling with RA pain, it might be time to have a different conversation. After all, there could be other treatment options that you may want to consider.
Remember to ask
your doctor how you’re
doing on clinical tests,
and what the results
mean for your treatment.
Knowing how to talk about your RA leads to better conversations with your doctor. Two key things to consider as you look toward your next appointment are:
Prepare for your
next appointment by
learning more about
tests and treatments.
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for insights into talking
to your doctor about
clinical tests and more.