Visiting with any specialized doctor after a diagnosis can be a frightening and intimidating thing indeed, but Dr. Teitel, a Rheumatologist at NYU Langone Medical Center, is here to tell you exactly what you should be doing to prepare for visiting a Rheumatologist for the very first time; you will not want to miss this one.
Dr. Teitel: Sometimes rheumatoid arthritis can be tricky to diagnosis, sometimes its obvious, sometimes its not. There are a number of auto-immune diseases that can give you a symmetric, poly arthritis. It's occasionally seen that you can have an arthritis inflammatory, after say a viral syndrome, so you have to make sure it's rheumatoid arthritis or not. There's a number of things that you can do to prepare for your appointment. One important thing would be making sure whether any family members have it. It can be helpful if you come to the doctor with a little list of symptoms and questions, if you've had morning stiffness, which joints are involved. The other thing would be of course your medical history, they'll wanna know all about that, whatever medicines and supplements you've been taking; make sure that you that ready to tell the doctor.
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