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Why You Should Be Seeing A Rheumatologist

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Your primary care provider (PCP) may be a terrific doctor, but is he/she the right person to be treating your arthritis? Many arthritic diseases (and certainly rheumatoid arthritis) are systemic, difficult to manage and sometimes even life threatening. Here’s why you deserve to be seen by a rheumatologist.

Is your doctor a board certified rheumatologist? If not, you might be cheating yourself out of the care you deserve. Ask yourself this question: if you had cancer, would you see a family practitioner or an oncologist? That may sound extreme, but if not treated properly, RA can potentially be fatal. So, while your PCP may the ideal doctor to maintain your general health, a disease as complex as rheumatoid arthritis needs to be treated by a specialist.

A Rheuma-who?

According to the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), a rheumatologist is “an internist or pediatrician who is qualified by additional training and experience in the diagnosis and treatment of arthritis and other diseases of the joints, muscles and bones. Furthermore, many rheumatologists also conduct research to determine the cause and better treatments for these disabling and sometimes fatal diseases.” And if you have experienced persistent pain in your joints, muscles or connective tissues—especially if symptoms persist for six weeks or longer—a rheumatologist is the doctor you should see.
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