Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

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:

  • 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?
Feb. 11, 2014