Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

You're likely to first bring your concerns to your family doctor. He or she may refer you to a rheumatologist, a doctor who specializes in joint diseases.

What you can do

Before your appointment, you may want to write a list of answers to the following questions:

  • Has anyone in your immediate family had similar problems?
  • Have you been diagnosed with any other medical problems?
  • What medications and supplements do you take regularly?

What to expect from your doctor

Your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions, including:

  • When did you begin experiencing symptoms?
  • Have your symptoms been continuous or occasional?
  • How severe are your symptoms?
  • What, if anything, seems to improve your symptoms?
  • What, if anything, appears to worsen your symptoms?
May. 30, 2012