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)
Erin King Moderator
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.
Lawrence Rick Phillips Moderator
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.