Talking to your doctor
It’s important to track your RA symptoms and talk to your doctor about how you're feeling. Even mentioning small things that have changed can help with managing your RA. The more your doctor knows about your overall health and how your symptoms are affecting your life, the better prepared he or she will be to evaluate which treatment is appropriate for you.
To get started, you may want to ask yourself these following questions:
- Am I noticing changes in my RA signs and symptoms (joint pain, stiffness, or swelling)?
- Have I seen changes in my physical function in performing day-to-day tasks?
- How many times a week am I feeling like I’ve had a “good” day with RA?
- What does a “good” day with RA mean for me?
- Am I able to do the tasks I enjoy doing?
- What is something I have trouble doing because of my RA? How do I go about doing that thing differently because of my RA?
- What are some of the activities I’d do more often if my RA was better controlled?
To prepare for a conversation with your doctor, click the button below to help define your treatment goals. Then print your answers. You can take it to your next doctor's appointment and they can get a better sense of how you have been managing your RA.
Additional helpful resources and tools are available from the Arthritis Foundation at arthritis.org.