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Do you need regular checkups for rheumatoid arthritis even if you're feeling well?

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You need those regular checkups to keep feeling good and to keep your treatment on track. During regular visits, your rheumatologist will check on how you’re doing, how well your treatment is going, and whether you have any side effects. In addition to seeing your doctor, you also may need lab tests or X-rays now and then. Make sure you keep those appointments, too.

SOURCES:

University of Michigan Health System: "New medications help patients cope with rheumatoid arthritis."

Hospital for Special Surgery: "Rheumatoid Arthritis: Myths and Realities."

University of Washington School of Medicine: "Rheumatoid Arthritis."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Handout on Health: Rheumatoid Arthritis."

Arthritis Today : “How to Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis,” "Why Skipping Medications Is a Bad Idea."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 13, 2017

SOURCES:

University of Michigan Health System: "New medications help patients cope with rheumatoid arthritis."

Hospital for Special Surgery: "Rheumatoid Arthritis: Myths and Realities."

University of Washington School of Medicine: "Rheumatoid Arthritis."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Handout on Health: Rheumatoid Arthritis."

Arthritis Today : “How to Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis,” "Why Skipping Medications Is a Bad Idea."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 13, 2017

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