What to ask your GP
Coping with your diagnosis
How does ankylosing spondylitis develop?
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A good relationship with your GP and your rheumatologist can
make a big difference to the success of your treatment and to your
general wellbeing. If you can talk honestly and openly, your doctor
will be better able to prescribe a programme of treatment and care
that's best for you.
When you're going to see your GP or rheumatologist - whether it's for the first time with symptoms that might be ankylosing spondylitis or for a follow - up appointment - it will help if you are prepared. Try to think about what you want to say, and how your symptoms have been affecting you recently.
Here are some things you may want to think about:
If you have already been diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis you might want to think about other things as well:
It might be helpful to prepare yourself for questions your healthcare professional might ask you at your next visit. These may relate to your symptoms, your treatments or how you are feeling and coping. Here are some questions you might be asked:
Questions about your symptoms
Questions about your treatments
Questions about living with ankylosing spondylitis
Often, the time you spend with your healthcare professional is limited. Think about the questions you would like to ask them before your appointment and write them down. Take these with you to your appointment.
It is important that you can leave your appointment feeling satisfied that you were able to ask and have answered all of the questions appropriate to that healthcare professional. Knowing what you want to find out before you go in can help achieve this.
Questions you may want to ask include:
It's important not to think you are wasting your doctor's time. Your health is important, so if you do feel that you need more time with the doctor you could always ask whether a double appointment is available.
If you and your doctor decide you need some medicines for your ankylosing spondylitis, you may find that the healthcare professional you have the most contact with is your local pharmacist. It's good to remember that your pharmacist is more than just someone who sells you your medication. A pharmacist is an expert on how medicines work and interact, and can advise you about any safety concerns - especially important if you're taking more than one medicine at the same time.
As part of the service to make sure your medications are right for you and that you're getting the best from them, your pharmacist can offer you a free Medicines Use Review (MUR).
Understanding how the NHS works - and what NHS services are available in your area - can help you to get the most out of your interactions with healthcare professionals. This will enable you to manage your Psoriasis better and live your life in the best possible health.
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