Talking to Your Doctor About Rheumatoid Arthritis
by Rosalyn Carson-DeWitt, MD
You have a unique medical history. Therefore, it is essential to talk with your doctor about your personal risk factors and/or experience with rheumatoid arthritis. By talking openly and regularly with your doctor, you can take an active role in your care.
General Tips for Gathering Information
Here are some tips that will make it easier for you to talk to your doctor:
Specific Questions to Ask Your Doctor
About Rheumatoid Arthritis
About Treatment Options
About Lifestyle Changes
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Last reviewed May 2014 by Michael Woods, MD
Last Updated: 5/7/2014