There is no special preparation for the most common diagnostic tests performed for psoriatic arthritis. There are, however, some steps you can take to make your initial visit a smooth one.
- Make a list of any symptoms you have, along with when they started, how often they occur, and what makes them better or worse. Include symptoms that seem unrelated to psoriatic arthritis.
- Make a list of all medications you’re taking or have taken recently. Include vitamins and supplements, and the dosage for each.
- Compile your past medical history, including major illnesses and surgeries with dates.
Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Psoriatic Arthritis
Before your appointment, it’s a good idea to write down any questions you have about your diagnosis and treatment. That way, you won’t forget to discuss them with your doctor. This list of common concerns can help you to start thinking about what you’d like to talk about.
Questions About My Diagnosis
- How is psoriatic arthritis differentiated from other types of joint problems?
- What tests will confirm the diagnosis?
- How can I keep my joints from getting worse?
- How can I keep my condition confined to psoriasis without progressing to arthritis?
- Is this condition associated with other diseases?
Questions About My Treatment
- Is my condition curable?
- What medications or therapy do you advise? Are there supplements that work as well?
- What are the side effects for these treatments?
- Are there clinical trials that I can participate in?
- Will I need surgery?
- Will I become disabled without the medication?
Questions About My Lifestyle and Family
- What triggers my psoriasis or psoriatic symptoms?
- What diet should I follow? What foods should I avoid? Does drinking alcohol make it worse?
- What exercise do you advise? What activities should I avoid?
- What can my family do to avoid getting this condition?
- Are there alternative therapies that are helpful?