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How important is it to have a rheumatologist?

I only have a PM. What can a rheumy do for you?

  1. Hi ,

    I'm not sure if the medical system where you are works the same as mine in the UK but literally everything AS related I have ever had to see anyone for has been with a Rheumatologist. From getting diagnosed to my check ups and if I ever have any queries or issues I will give her a call and she has been really great to me. I honestly can't think of a situation with my AS that she hasn't helped me with so maybe if your PM is slacking in some areas it may be a good idea to see one?

    Wishing you all the best,
    James (Community Member)

    1. ,

      Personally, my primary care has a very limited knowledge of AS, and when I bring new health concerns to her she often suggests I speak to my rheumatologist. He is much more specialized, and treats many more patients with the same or similar conditions, so I just think his knowledge of the disease is better.


      1. Chuzzy,

        I can only speak for myself. the relationship I have with my rheumatologist is one of the four keys to the best life I can live. The other three are family, sleep and exercise. I work hard at maintaining all four items to help me cope with AS. I could not make it without the support of my rheumatologist. I know opinions do vary and some rely on the support they receive from their rheumatologist.

        I hope if you have a rheumatologist they are great.

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