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10 questions to ask your doctor about osteoarthritis

When you go to the doctor, it can be hard to remember all the questions you have about osteoarthritis. Here are some suggestions to take along to your next appointment.

1. Why did I develop osteoarthritis?
2. Will I also get rheumatoid arthritis?
3. Will there be side-effects of any medication I'll need to take?
4. Will I need to stop doing exercise or some activities?
5. Should I stretch the joint or could that make it worse?
6. Why do my symptoms change with different weather conditions?
7. Do I need to change what I eat or drink?
8. Are any complementary therapies or supplements worth considering?
9. Will I get physiotherapy?
10. Can I make any changes to help stop symptoms worsening?

Making the most of your doctor's appointment

Prepare for the appointment by making a note of these and any other questions or concerns.

Your doctor should know what medications you are prescribed, but they won’t know about any supplements or herbal remedies you take.

If the doctor tells you something you don't understand - ask them to explain it.

If you forget to ask something about medication the doctor recommends, you can always ask the pharmacist when you pick up your prescription.

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Medically Reviewed by Dr Rob Hicks on August 16, 2016

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