Which doctors can help you manage and treat your psoriatic arthritis?
If you’re seeing a primary care physician who suspects you have psoriatic arthritis, you may be referred to a rheumatologist.
If you’re seeing a dermatologist, he or she may diagnose and treat you for psoriatic arthritis or refer you to a rheumatologist.
The Road to Diagnosis
I finally got in to the rheumatologist… so finally had a name to this disease.
– Penni, HUMIRA Patient
How can a rheumatologist help you?
Both a dermatologist and a rheumatologist may treat all symptoms of psoriatic arthritis.
A rheumatologist can help provide guidance about:
- Treating psoriatic arthritis
- Reducing stress on your
- Helping you move your joints more easily
- Reducing pain and discomfort
The 2018 American College of Rheumatology (ACR) and National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) Guideline for the Treatment of Psoriatic Arthritis includes recommendations for TNF-alpha blockers. To learn how the guideline and recommendations might apply to you, please talk to your rheumatologist and learn more from the NPF here.
You’re a team member, too.
You’re at the heart of your health care team and need to be an active member. Here are some tips for making sure you make the most of your time with your doctor.
- Come prepared with a written list of questions and concerns
- Be open and honest about how your current medication is working or not working
- Bring a family member or friend to take notes
- Tell your doctor how psoriatic arthritis is impacting your life and ability to do the things you enjoy
- Ask your doctor if the recommended treatment can help protect your joints from further damage
Are you ready to talk to your doctor about HUMIRA Citrate-free?
With HUMIRA Citrate-free, you can expect:
- A thinner needle
- 50% less liquid to inject
- A larger viewing window
- Less pain immediately following injection*