I thought it would be good idea if I could share a list of questions that I, as a Rheumatologist answer on a day to day basis. Some of these come from concerned patients and the answer to many of them, is revealed through me, in the course of consultation. But it a must to be ready with a print of these questions when you visit your Rheumatologist next time, so that you don’t forget and there is no confusion left in your mind as to what’s happening J Hope it helps. Stay healthy and worry free.

A list of questions you should not forget to ask:

  • What is my diagnosis? Are other diagnostic tests required?
  • What will happen to my body as a result of this condition? Are there any other areas of my body that might be affected?
  • Should I expect any complications? If so, what?
  • How and when should I exercise?
  • Do I need to consult a physiotherapist?
  • What are my treatment options to relieve symptoms?
  • What is the purpose of the treatment/medicine you suggest? (Pain killer / Anti-inflammatory)
  • How and when will this treatment make me feel better?
  • What are the potential side effects of treatments/medicines?
  • What should I do if I experience side effects?
  • How is my condition likely to change in the future?
  • What activities should I modify or avoid?
  • Which part of my body should I avoid straining?
  • What lifestyle changes should I make?
  • Are there any devices that can help me in doing my daily tasks?
  • I have certain special concerns (e.g., fertility, pregnancy, offspring, alternative medicines, surgery, special diets, relatives with tragic outcomes with similar diseases or medications). How do these particular issues relate to my condition, and how do you feel about them?
  • Is there a particular diet plan I should follow or avoid certain foods?
  • Do I need to lose weight? If yes, how much?
  • When should I come back for the next visit?
  • May I call you or contact me via internet to give you a progress report?
  • If this treatment/medicine routine does not work, what are the other options?

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