My first rheumy appointment was one hour with first rheumy and then one hour when I had my first appointment with current rheumy.
It takes a long time to do a proper medical history.
Make sure you don't use any moisturizer or product in your hair. No make up either. I take a show and make myself neat . . . but no make up. There are clues about
your health to be seen by the condition of your skin and hair. Just a thought.
If you have any mouth sores or rashes between now and then . . .take a picture and bring them with you.
Document your symptoms and bring a typed medical history too. Use an outline form so its easy to read.Include a list of your current meds including dosing info . . . spell correctly, from the bottles. Include your OTC meds and Vitamins. Have an extra copy so you can give one to the doc. Include your questions on that sheet.
I would spend a great deal of time preparing the information so you get a chance to vocalize all your symptoms. Some things sound unimportant, but all the little bits help the rheumy to piece things together.
When is your appointment?
Some docs are much better at reading than listening. If he's a listener, then you can still vocalize your info . . .but if he's not a good listener, he'll have the sheet for his file
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