Do I need to see a rheumatologist?
It is normal to experience occasional muscle and joint pain, no matter how old you are, or what your health is like. However, if the muscle and joint pain you are experiencing lingers, gets worse, or causes more pain than you believe is normal, this can be an indication that there is an underlying problem. You can speak with your primary care provider for an evaluation, where typically they will decide whether an appointment with a rheumatologist is needed to monitor your health.
If you have family members that live with autoimmune or rheumatic disease, earlier monitoring should be done in order to catch the earliest signs of a problem. Additionally, if you notice rapid acceleration in symptoms, this is cause to see a rheumatologist early on.
Some of the most common signs and symptoms of rheumatic diseases can improve or even resolve temporarily when they are initially treated but can return once the treatment being used is halted. If the symptoms continue to come back, a rheumatology evaluation may be needed to evaluate your treatment options. Although treatment should not be delayed while awaiting a rheumatology appointment, certain medications can improve symptoms and make a diagnosis more difficult. Speak with your physicians to learn more about how to get an accurate diagnosis.
What do I need to share with my rheumatologist during our first visit?
According to the American College of Rheumatology:
-Any previous lab and/or radiographic X-ray/ultrasound/MRI tests results for review (medical records are typically sent by the referring physician, but occasionally – despite best intentions – are not present. Sometimes tests need to be repeated to confirm the result)
-An up-to-date medication list with the specific dosages you are taking (include a list of medications you have already tried to reduce duplication of prior treatments)
-A list of allergies to medications
-Your family history, including any known relatives with rheumatologic/autoimmune disease
Common Conditions Treated by a Rheumatologist:
At Wellspire Medical Group in Humble, TX, we want our patients to feel comfortable knowing they are getting the best care available to them. We work to nurture the relationships between physicians and patients for extended care that fits your unique needs. Having a healthy relationship with your physician can help catch the earliest warning signs of health problems, while also increasing the quality of care patients receive for problems they currently have. Don’t wait to schedule a virtual appointment with a rheumatologist, contact us today!
Telehealth Rheumatologist in Humble, TX
There is no room to compromise when it comes to promoting and preserving your health. At Wellspire Medical Group we prioritize your health and are dedicated to finding solutions that allow you to get the treatment you need, in a safe environment. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, our staff is currently offering telehealth appointments in order to help social distancing efforts. We are doing this as a way to reduce patients sharing space. With online appointments with your physician, you can skip the waiting room and see your physician from the comfort of your own home. Contact us today to learn more about the physicians working at our clinics, and to schedule an appointment with our team.
Wellspire Medical Group
Whether you have a medical concern you want to address with a physician or are seeking long-term management and care for a condition you already have been diagnosed with, Wellspire is here for you. We believe every patient deserves a treatment plan that works for their specific needs and lifestyle. At the first sign of an issue, come into one of our two medical facilities. If you do not have an appointment, we will do our best to accommodate you at one of our locations. Wellspire Medical Group proudly serves Atascocita, Humble and surrounding areas. We have been part of Northeast Houston as the Mehta Medical Group for 30 years. Our name change reflects our broader scope of services. In other words, we are working hard to “Inspire Better Health!”
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