Ask your Rheumatologist

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Discussion guide

An Ankylosing Spondylitis diagnosis may leave you with many questions. It is a good idea to make a list of questions to ask your Rheumatologist.

The following questions are aimed to help you get answers you are seeking.

The genetics around Ankylosing Spondylitis

  1. If Ankylosing Spondylitis is genetic, why don’t all the members of my family have it?
  2. What are the chances that my children will inherit Ankylosing Spondylitis?

Treatment of Ankylosing Spondylitis

  1. What are my treatment options?
  2. What are my treatment goals?
  3. Do these treatment options target both my immediate symptoms as well as long term effect of the disease?
  4. I have read about Ankylosing Spondylitis causing damage to the spine. Is there any therapy that can help me slow down this damage?
  5. What are biologics?
  6. How long do I have to take these medicines?
  7. Are these drugs safe to take?
  8. What could be the possible side effects of these therapies?

Lifestyle modification with Ankylosing Spondylitis

  1. What are the best exercises for Ankylosing Spondylitis?
  2. Do I need to go to a physiotherapist?
  3. How can I maintain my posture?
  4. What lifestyle modification can help me deal with Ankylosing Spondylitis better?
  5. Is there any diet recommendation for Ankylosing Spondylitis?
  6. How do I manage flares?

It is also important for you to carry the following documents for your visit:

  1. Reports of recent investigations (laboratory/ imaging tests)
  2. Prescriptions or referral notes from other doctors

Together, let’s aim to FIGHT THE FUSE!

 

 

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