Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

You're likely to first discuss your signs and symptoms with your family doctor. He or she may refer you to a doctor specializing in the treatment of arthritis and related disorders (rheumatologist).

What you can do

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

  • What types of symptoms are you having? When did they begin?
  • Do you or any of your close family members have psoriasis?
  • Has anyone in your immediate family ever had psoriatic arthritis?
  • What medications and supplements do you take?

You may want to bring a friend or family member with you to your appointment. It's hard to remember everything about a complicated condition, and another person may remember information that you miss.

What to expect from your doctor

Your doctor might ask some of the following questions:

  • What joints are affected?
  • Are there any activities or positions that make your symptoms better or worse?
  • What treatments have you already tried? Have any of them helped?
Jan. 29, 2014

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