- Request referrals for all necessary screenings, including those for colon cancer, psoriatic arthritis and cardiovascular disease. You may want to look into getting a cardiac calcium score test, an inexpensive yet effective way of assessing your risk for heart disease and stroke.
- Seek your PCP’s guidance in matters of nutrition, exercise and other aspects of your lifestyle that require behavioral changes.
- Because alcohol may be a trigger for inflammation, ask your PCP about programs designed to help you limit your alcohol intake, if necessary.
- Learn to advocate for yourself. You may need to educate your PCP regarding treatment options for psoriasis.
- Try to have a consultation with a dermatologist at least once, and make sure to keep your PCP in the loop.
- Consider teledermatology, also known as “dermatology at a distance.” Powered by communication technology, teledermatology allows dermatologists to reach patients living in rural areas or far from their chosen specialist. While not always available, teledermatology programs have been cropping up around the country, making them worth a look.
- Get regular check-ups. Your PCP will keep track of your vital signs as well as your blood pressure, cholesterol and metabolic indicators – the best way to lower your risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
- Ask your PCP to refer you to a qualified mental health practitioner if you experience depression or anxiety.
- Take the bull by the horns and learn as much as you can about psoriatic arthritis. Then share what you know with your PCP, especially when it comes to biologics.
- Visit a rheumatologist at least once, if possible. Just one consultation with a rheumatologist will go a long way – and your PCP will be empowered to deliver higher quality care with the input of a specialist.
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