Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

You'll probably first bring your symptoms to the attention of your family doctor, who may refer you to a rheumatologist — a doctor specializing in the treatment of arthritis and other diseases of the joints, muscles and bone. Because scleroderma can affect many organ systems, you may need to see a variety of medical specialists.

What you can do

Appointments can be brief. To make the best use of the limited time, plan ahead and write lists of important information, including:

  • Detailed descriptions of all your symptoms
  • A list of all your medications and dosages, including nonprescription drugs and supplements
  • Questions for the doctor, such as what tests or treatments he or she may recommend

What to expect from your doctor

Your doctor may ask some of the following questions:

  • Do your fingers become numb or change colors when you get cold or upset?
  • Do you regularly experience heartburn or swallowing problems?
  • Have your parents or siblings ever had similar signs and symptoms?
Jun. 14, 2013

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