Psoriatic Arthritis: What Should I Ask My Doctor?

Not sure what to talk to your doctor about at your next appointment? Think about how well your treatment is working and if it's right for you. Start with these questions as a guide:

  • Does my current treatment prevent ongoing joint damage?
  • Do the benefits of my medication outweigh the risks of taking it?
  • Would another prescription drug be safer or more effective?
  • What are the side effects of my medication?
  • Would making lifestyle changes allow me to try a medicine with fewer side effects?
  • I'm feeling so tired. Should I be checked for anemia?
  • What else can I do to feel better?
  • How can I lessen the chances of another flare-up?
  • How likely is it that my psoriatic arthritis will go into remission?
  • My symptoms seem to have gone away. Can I take a break from using my medication for a while?
WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by David Zelman, MD on May 22, 2019

Sources

SOURCES:

American College of Rheumatology.

National Psoriasis Foundation.

Philip Mease, MD, Seattle Rheumatology Associates.

John Hardin, MD, chief scientific officer, Arthritis Foundation; professor of medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York City.

Arthritis Foundation.

Mark Lebwohl, MD, professor and chairman of dermatology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center.

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