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How do you explain your symptoms to a new rheumatologist?

For years, I’ve dealt with pustular and plaque psoriasis…though this is pretty much handled by Cimzia. However, I still have flare-ups, with knees swelling so big that it is difficult to walk. Since January this year, I have had 3 flares. I am know leaving my long time rheumatologist who started wondering if I still had PsA. I will be going to a new rheumatologist in September. My question is….how can I talk to him about flare ups. Is it STILL JUST PsA (after 13 years)?

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  • Casey moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi wmslcw! Great question! I’m glad to hear the Cimzia is keeping your psoriasis at bay, however, I’m so sorry to hear that you’re struggling with flare-ups, leading specifically to problems with your knees! Ugh! How frustrating!

    Seeing a new provider can be stressful, and sometimes hard to prepare for. However, I found this article that I think will address what your looking for, The article focuses a lot on what to do to be prepared for an appointment with a new rheumatologist, which I hope will be useful information for you during this time! Your new doctor will be able to determine if your symptoms are due to PsA or to any other underlying condition. When you do meet with your new provider, let us know how it goes! We’re all thinking about you, and sending positive thoughts and gentle hugs your way! -Casey, Team

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