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    Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Since you’ve recently been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, ask your doctor these questions at your next visit.

    1. How advanced is my arthritis? Is there damage to my joints?
    2. Do I have the rheumatoid factor antibody? What does that tell you about my condition?
    3. What are the potential side effects of my RA medicines?
    4. How can I prevent those side effects? When should I call you about them?
    5. What should I do when the pain flares?
    6. What types of exercise should I do?
    7. Would physical therapy help me?
    8. Are there any natural or complementary treatments I could try?
    9. Are there any foods I should avoid?
    10. Do I need to make any adjustments at work?
    11. Do you recommend that I look for a clinical trial?

    WebMD 10 Questions

    Reviewed by David Zelman, MD on October 17, 2014

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