You might first bring your symptoms to the attention of your family doctor. He or she may refer you to a doctor who specializes in inflammatory disorders (rheumatologist).
What you can do
Before your appointment, you may want to write a list of answers to the following questions:
- When did you begin experiencing symptoms?
- Where exactly does the pain occur?
- Are your symptoms worse in the morning or after long periods of inactivity?
- What medications and supplements do you take on a regular basis?
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor might ask some of the following questions:
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- How severe are your symptoms?
- Have your symptoms been continuous or occasional?
- What, if anything, seems to worsen or improve your symptoms?
- Have you taken medications to relieve the pain? What helped most?
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