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.
A common piece of advice to those who have just been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is to "find a good rheumatologist," but what makes a specialist "good"? Do they give frequent flyer points at every appointment that you can redeem for gift certificates to the store of your choice? Do they wave magic wands that reduce your symptoms? If…