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Chances are you’re already working with a doctor who specializes in rheumatology. He or she will closely monitor your progress, and adjust your treatment from time to time to make sure you’re getting the best care possible.
You will find physician assistants working in many areas of the doctor’s office. In training and in practice, their responsibilities lie between the nurse and doctor, performing the functions of both to some degree.
There’s more to life than your RA. Your primary healthcare provider, or general practitioner, is vital to provide you with help and advice above and beyond your RA.
Nurses are a terrific resource and can provide tremendous assistance, advocacy, and clinical judgment as you manage your RA.
Your KevzaraConnect Nurse Educator will help answer your questions, help you remember when to take your treatment, and share practical tips on living with RA.
Pharmacists prepare prescription medications and offer expertise in the safe use of those prescriptions. They also may conduct health and wellness screenings, provide immunizations, oversee the medications given to patients, and provide advice on healthy lifestyles.
Dietitians and nutritionists are experts in the use of food and nutrition to promote health and manage disease. They advise people on what to eat in order to lead a healthy lifestyle or achieve a specific health-related goal.
An exercise pro can help you develop fitness and exercise programs to help improve your cardiovascular function, body composition, and flexibility.
Your friends and family can also play an important role with your RA. They can:
  • Help schedule activities that you can enjoy together

  • Be there for you, so you have someone to talk to

  • Go with you to the doctor and help you ask the right questions

  • Help celebrate every victory, large and small

Download this list to keep with you. It’ll help remind you who to ask—and who to lean on—when you need a little help.
There are also a number of local support groups and online resources that can help, whether it’s people sharing their experiences, doctors offering advice, or groups that provide news and developments in the field of RA treatment.