If you've been to your primary care physician and expressed concern over arthritis symptoms, you'll likely find yourself referred to a rheumatologist doctor. A rheumatologist doctor specializes in arthritis, rheumatic disease, and another disorders of the bones, muscles and tissues. Preparing for your first appointment with your rheumatologist doctor will help you get the most out of your visit. Knowing what to bring, what to expect and what questions the rheumatologist doctor will ask will help you get the best visit possible.
The first thing you should do is consider what you're going to bring with you. Be sure to have your insurance and/or military I.D. cards on you. You'll have to fill out a medical history while you're there, so if necessary, bring your records from other doctor offices that are pertinent to your visit. Also have with you any medications, herbs or supplements you're taking.
Once you arrive the nurse will briefly examine you by taking your vitals, and then ask for your symptoms and why you've been referred. After a few notes, he or she will leave and then the doctor will enter. He'll ask you to explain in more detail why you're seeing him today and what your symptoms are.
He'll ask you when you started feeling the pain, what the actual sensation is like, how long it lasts, if there's any swelling, etc. Try to think about these in advance so you know how to answer. He'll also ask about family history. Once your visit has concluded, you should have some sort of treatment plan from your rheumatologist doctor.
Seeing a rheumatologist doctor is beneficial to your health because he can help you start to feel better. Knowing what's wrong and how to treat it will help you achieve a better quality of life.
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