Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

While you might first discuss your symptoms with your family doctor, he or she may refer you to a rheumatologist — a doctor who specializes in the treatment of joint problems — for further evaluation.

What you can do

Because appointments can be brief, plan ahead and write a list that includes:

  • Detailed descriptions of your symptoms
  • Information about medical problems you've had in the past
  • Information about the medical problems of your parents or siblings
  • All the medications and dietary supplements you take
  • Questions you want to ask the doctor

What to expect from your doctor

Your doctor may ask some of the following questions:

  • When did your symptoms start?
  • Does activity make the pain better or worse?
  • Is the pain in just one joint or many?
  • Do you have a family history of joint pain?
Jan. 22, 2013

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