Being able to talk to your rheumatologist about your treatment plan, pain management and any other concerns you have is important to the patient-doctor relationship. Finding a doctor who listens to you, makes time for you, and genuinely seems to have compassion is a good start on your journey through treatment and management.
RA is a complicated and many times, misunderstood, disease. It affects everyone in different ways and can cause a myriad of complications. The medications used to treat RA can cause side effects ranging from a headache to more serious, including serious fungal infections. RA itself, as an autoimmune disease, can cause its own hardships in the form…