March’s Lupus video is about the nerve-wracking first doctor’s appointment. Look at this first meeting as an opportunity to get educated, reassured and eventually, get better. From there, your doctor may refer you to a rheumatologist, a specialist in musculoskeletal and immune systems. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and ask for clarification when you need it. Here are some important questions to ask your medical professional on your next visit.

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  • When did your symptoms start to show? Do they come and go?
  • Where are the symptoms most severe?
  • On a scale of 1-10, how bad is the pain?
  • What triggers your symptoms?
  • Is there anything that makes it worse? Better?
  • When are the symptoms present? Morning, afternoon, evening? Is it present all the time?
  • Does your family have Lupus or other autoimmune diseases?
  • What medications and supplements do you take regularly?

 A list of questions to ask your doctor:

  • What might be causing these symptoms or condition?
  • What tests do you recommend?
  • What treatments or lifestyle changes can I implement to help my symptoms now?
  • Should I follow any restrictions while we seek a diagnosis?
  • Should I see a specialist? Can you recommend me to one?
  • What can I expect for the natural course of this condition?

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