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 or rheumatologist recommends.
Tips To Help You Partner With Your Rheumatologist
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?
Get The Support You Need
We want to help you find relief from your psoriatic arthritis symptoms. If you have been diagnosed and your doctor decides STELARA® is right for you, we can help you get started.
Don’t let cost get in the way. Call 877-CarePath
(877-227-3728) to find out if you are eligible to pay just $5 per dose for your STELARA® medication.* We also provide training to self-inject at home. And with just 4 doses a year (after 2 starter doses) STELARA® requires the fewest injections of any biologic treatment.
*$20,000 maximum program benefit per calendar year. Not valid for patients using Medicare, Medicaid, or any other federally funded programs to pay for STELARA®. Click here for full eligibility requirements.
Watch Whitney's Journey
“It’s a really scary thought to think that you’ve come to the end of the road and what you can do. And so when I saw my doctor, we went over the options and we discussed what my symptoms were.”
– Whitney Day*
*Individual results may vary.