Questions to Ask Your Doctor

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  • I have symptoms, and I'm worried it might be arthritis.
  • I have arthritis, and this is a checkup or follow-up visit.
  • I have arthritis, and I'm sick or having problems.

I have symptoms, and I'm worried it might be arthritis.

Reviewed by David Zelman, MD on February 13, 2018

  1. Could my symptoms be a sign of arthritis?
  2. What causes arthritis? Is there a test to diagnose arthritis?
  3. Are there different forms of arthritis?
  4. Would an over-the-counter or prescription medicine help ease my pain and stiffness?
  5. What else can I do to feel better?

I have arthritis, and this is a checkup or follow-up visit.

Reviewed by David Zelman, MD on February 13, 2018

  1. How often and how long can I safely take medication for arthritis?
  2. Will I need to take medication for the rest of my life?
  3. Should I try to be more active? What's the best kind of exercise?
  4. Would acupuncture or massage therapy help my arthritis?
  5. Is there anything I can do to prevent my arthritis from getting worse?

I have arthritis, and I'm sick or having problems.

Reviewed by David Zelman, MD on February 13, 2018

  1. Do my symptoms mean my arthritis is getting worse?
  2. Could my symptoms be a side effect of the medicine I take?
  3. Should I try a different medication to help ease pain and stiffness?
  4. Will I eventually need to have surgery? What are my options?
  5. What type of assistive devices could help me with daily living?