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How important is it to have a rheumatologist?

I only have a PM. What can a rheumy do for you?

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  • Erin King moderator
    6 months ago


    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
    6 months ago


    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

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