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?