Polymyagia Rheumatica and Preparing for your appointment
With the development of aches, pains or stiffness in muscle and joints, you will likely visit your primary care doctor first. You may then be referred to a rheumatologist who specializes in inflammatory disorders of the muscles and skeleton system.
It is often helpful to bring your partner, friend or relative to your appointment. This person can be there for support and can also write down any information from the doctor.
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor will take a thorough medical history which can include questions about the following:
- When did you first notice the symptoms?
- Where is the pain or stiffness located?
- On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate your current level of pain?
- Are symptoms worse at any times of day or night?
- How long does stiffness last after you wake in the morning or after a long period of inactivity?
- Does the pain or stiffness limit your activities? Are you avoiding any activities because of the symptoms?
- Have you had anything like this before? Was the condition diagnosed and treated?
- Have you experienced any new or severe headaches?
- Have you noticed any changes in your vision, blurred vision, black spots?
- Have you experienced any jaw pain?
Prepare a list
Be prepared before the appointment. There are some common things the doctor will want to know. This list should include:
- The details of any doctor you have seen recently or see regularly
- Your current prescription medications and the dosages you take
- Any other over-the-counter drugs or nutritional supplements you take regularly