4 reasons to see a rheumatologist for moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
If you have a lifelong condition like RA, it’s important to see a doctor who is an expert in the field. Your family doctor can refer you to a rheumatologist who:
Has advanced knowledge of rheumatoid arthritis
Sees many people who have symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis
Can help make sure you’re getting the medicine that’s best for you
Has experience prescribing biologics that help relieve joint pain and help stop joint damage from getting worse
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 your moderate to severe RA on your daily life. Before your next appointment, ask yourself:
How would I rate my joint 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, like getting out of bed, walking up stairs, and running errands?
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 questions such as:
- Is my current treatment working to help relieve joint pain?
- Could a biologic like ENBREL be the right choice 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.
Joint Damage Simulator
Joint pain can be a sign of permanent joint damage. Use the Joint Damage Simulator to see how joint damage can get worse over time.View the Joint Damage Simulator »
Doctor Discussion Guide
Use this simple guide to help your doctor understand how your moderate to severe RA is impacting your life, and ask whether ENBREL is right for you.Download the Doctor Discussion Guide »