What to ask your GP
Coping with your diagnosis
Signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis
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A good relationship with your GP can make a big difference to
the success of your treatment and to your general wellbeing. If you
can talk honestly and openly, your GP will be better able to
prescribe a programme of treatment and care that's best for
When you're going to see your GP - whether it's for the first time with symptoms that might be osteoarthritis 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:
At your first appointment:
At your follow-up appointments:
If you have already been diagnosed with osteoarthritis you might want to think about other things as well:
Here are some questions your GP may ask you to help him or her decide you have osteoarthritis:
Being told you have osteoarthritis may feel overwhelming and there's a lot to remember. Don't be afraid to ask if you're not sure about anything your doctor tells you. You may find it helps to take notes while talking with your doctor.
Make sure you understand all you want to know about your condition, and know why certain treatment options have been suggested. Here are some questions you may want to ask your doctor:
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 osteoarthritis, 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 medicines 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 osteoarthritis better and live your life in the best possible health.
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