You need to have an open and honest discussion with your rheumatologist about how your symptoms are affecting you, especially if they get in the way of doing what you want. What you say impacts the treatment your doctor recommends.
Tips To Help You Partner With Your Doctor
It’s not easy to explain how your psoriatic arthritis symptoms impact your daily activities, so we’ve provided some tips to help you start the conversation with your rheumatologist.
1. Snap & Share
When your joints swell and become inflamed, or your skin flares with scaly red patches, this is the best time to take a photo to share with your rheumatologist. By showing them exactly what your symptoms look like at their worst, they can make a more informed treatment decision.
2. Daily Activities Chart
Your symptoms may get in the way of the things you do every day. Check the appropriate boxes in the chart, according to how difficult it is to complete the task. If your symptoms are affecting you more than you thought, consider sharing this completed chart with your doctor.
3. Two-Minute Appointment Prep
Ask your doctor the following questions to help them determine the right treatment for you:
- What kind of relief can I expect from a biologic?
- What are the benefits and risks of different biologics?
- Will I have to take some medications more often than others?