Preparing for your appointment

Depending on your symptoms, you might start by seeing your family doctor, dentist or eye doctor. But you might eventually be referred to a doctor who specializes in the treatment of arthritis and other inflammatory conditions (rheumatologist).

What you can do

Make a list that includes:

  • Detailed descriptions of your symptoms and when they began
  • Information about your current and past medical problems
  • Information about your parents' or siblings' medical history
  • All medications and dietary supplements you take, including doses
  • Questions you want to ask the doctor

For Sjogren's syndrome, basic questions include:

  • What is likely causing my symptoms?
  • Are there other possible causes?
  • What tests do I need?
  • What treatment approach do you recommend?
  • How soon can I expect my symptoms to improve with treatment?
  • Am I at risk of long-term complications from this condition?
  • I have other health conditions. How can I best manage them together?
  • Do you have brochures or other printed materials that I can have? What websites do you recommend?

What to expect from your doctor

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

  • Do your symptoms follow a pattern — worsening throughout the day or when you go outdoors?
  • Do you have chronic conditions such as high blood pressure or arthritis?
  • Have you recently started new medications?
  • Do any close relatives have rheumatoid arthritis, lupus or a similar disease?
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References
  1. Sjogren's syndrome. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. https://www.niams.nih.gov/health_info/Sjogrens_Syndrome/sjogrens_syndrome_ff.asp. Accessed May 23, 2017.
  2. Baer AN. Diagnosis and classification of Sjogren's syndrome. https://www.uptodate.com/home. Accessed May 23, 2017.
  3. Sjogren's syndrome. American College of Rheumatology. https://www.rheumatology.org/I-Am-A/Patient-Caregiver/Diseases-Conditions/Sjogrens-Syndrome. Accessed May 23, 2017.
  4. Sjogren's syndrome. Arthritis Foundation. http://www.arthritis.org/about-arthritis/types/sjogrens-syndrome/. Accessed May 23, 2017.
  5. Sjogren's syndrome. Sjogren's Syndrome Foundation. http://www.sjogrens.org/home/about-sjogrens/symptoms. Accessed May 23, 2017.
  6. Baer AN. Treatment of dry mouth and other non-ocular sicca symptoms in Sjögren's syndrome. https://www.uptodate.com/home. Accessed May 23, 2017.