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.
Rick - site moderator and spelling aficionado
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.
James Hollens Moderator
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)