Talking to Your Provider

I made an appointment with my provider. Now what?

Take a few moments to prepare for your appointment. Remember, you won’t have much face-to-face time with your provider. Thinking ahead of time about what you’d like to discuss will ensure you get the most out of your appointment.

Here are some tips for talking with your provider about your signs of psoriatic arthritis

Bring your quiz results and the diagram to your appointment. Circle all of the places on the diagram where your body feels tender or sore. This way, you won’t forget to mention important symptoms. Even if you’re not feeling them on the day of your appointment, you should still bring them up with your provider.

Prepare five main questions you’d like to ask your provider. You’re probably wondering about a lot of things concerning your health right now. Boiling them down to five main questions will help focus your conversation with your provider, and give your provider enough time to give you complete answers.

Listen to what your provider has to say. It’s important for you to bring in information about your symptoms and any concerns you may have. The quiz and diagram will be very useful pieces of information for your appointment. But remember, that’s only part of the story. After performing a clinical exam and asking you some questions, your provider can help you better understand what you’re experiencing.

Ask how the treatments your provider might recommend will affect you personally. For example, some drugs make you more sensitive to sunlight or alcohol, or shouldn’t be taken if you’re trying to become pregnant. Also make sure your provider knows about any other treatments you’re taking. Many drugs can be dangerous when taken together.

Set your goals for treatment. Your provider can tell you what to expect from your treatment, such as how long it may take to work and how long you might be on it. Once you know what to expect from treatment, you and your provider can set goals for your treatment and create a plan for how to best manage your psoriatic arthritis.

Have more questions?  Connect with NPF’s Patient Navigation Center.  Our specially-trained patient navigators are here to help.