4 reasons to see a rheumatologist for ankylosing spondylitis (AS)
If you have a lifelong condition like AS, it’s important to see a doctor who is an expert in treating your condition. Your family doctor can refer you to a rheumatologist who:
Has advanced knowledge of ankylosing spondylitis
Is familiar with the varying symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis
Understands the difference between ankylosing spondylitis and other back conditions
Can help make sure you’re getting the medicine that’s best for you
Be sure to ask the rheumatologist if ENBREL is right for you and your condition.
You play an important role in the discussion
It’s important that you help your rheumatologist understand the impact of ankylosing spondylitis. Before your next appointment, ask yourself:
How would I rate my back pain from 1 to 10?
(1 = no pain, 10 = severe pain)
How long does it take me to get ready in the morning?
How do my symptoms impact my ability to complete daily activities, such as getting out of bed, getting dressed, and climbing stairs?
Download the ENBREL Appointment Guide to keep track of your answers. Then bring the guide to your next appointment to share with your rheumatologist. The more you share, the better. You can also use your time to ask your rheumatologist:
• How soon after starting ENBREL might it begin to relieve my symptoms?
• Could a biologic like ENBREL be right for me?
• How could ENBREL help my symptoms over time?
Refer to the ENBREL FAQs as you think of any questions before and after your appointment.