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What questions should I ask my doctor about my rheumatoid arthritis?

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  • Which RA medicines do you recommend for me, and why?
  • How will we know if my treatment is working?
  • What are the possible side effects?
  • Would physical therapy or occupational therapy help me?
  • Does exercise help? What kinds of activities are safe for me to do?
  • How are my joints doing?
  • What lifestyle changes do you recommend for me?
  • What other specialists should I see?
  • Are there complementary treatments I could try?
  • Will I need surgery?

SOURCES:

Lee, D. 2001. Lancet,

Hakkinen, A. 2001. Arthritis and Rheumatism,

Arthritis Foundation: "Rheumatoid Arthritis Disease Center."

Reviewed by David Zelman on July 11, 2017

SOURCES:

Lee, D. 2001. Lancet,

Hakkinen, A. 2001. Arthritis and Rheumatism,

Arthritis Foundation: "Rheumatoid Arthritis Disease Center."

Reviewed by David Zelman on July 11, 2017

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