How to talk to your rheumatologist
Your doctor is your most helpful resource when facing rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
Heading to your appointment educated and prepared can ensure an open
What to discuss with your doctor to help determine the appropriate care for your moderate to
- Important activities that you have been unable to do because of the pain and swelling of your RA (eg, cook for your family, put groceries away, get the kids ready for school, twist open bottles, button your shirt, climb stairs)
- The amount of time your morning joint stiffness usually lasts
- The level of your joint pain
- The medications that you are currently receiving and any side effects you have been experiencing while taking them
- Everyday activities that you struggle with (eg, shaving, getting dressed, opening bottles, turning keys)
Questions to ask yourself before your next appointment.
- Is my current treatment helping me enough?
- Do I struggle too much with my daily tasks?
- How is my RA progressing?
What to ask your doctor about your RA
and ORENCIA® (abatacept)?
- Is my current treatment working for me?
- Is ORENCIA an appropriate option for me?
- How is ORENCIA different from other
- When should I schedule a follow-up appointment?
Selected Important Safety Information
ORENCIA can cause serious side effects including:
Respiratory problems in patients with COPD. You may get certain respiratory problems more often if you receive ORENCIA and have COPD, including: worsened COPD, cough, or trouble breathing.
How to plan for what comes after your appointment
Before you leave your rheumatologist’s office, make sure you know what happens next in your RA treatment plan.
Keep track of how you are feeling after your appointment to determine if you need a follow-up appointment and talk to your doctor about setting expectations and goals for your treatment plan.
Sign up for ORENCIA On Call™
If you are prescribed ORENCIA, be sure to sign up for
ORENCIA On Call, a free service
that pairs you with an ORENCIA Care Counselor to help you navigate your journey with
moderate to severe RA. Benefits include*:
- 24/7 access to support from your ORENCIA Care Counselor and nurse†
- Tips and tools that may help you manage
your RA and communicate with your support team—family, rheumatologist, friends, caregivers, and others
- Information about co-pay assistance and help understanding insurance coverage for ORENCIA
- Welcome packs and educational videos about ORENCIA SC (subcutaneous) and ORENCIA IV (intravenous)
*Terms and Conditions apply.
†ORENCIA nurses cannot provide personal medical advice. Your doctor is the best source of information about your health. Nurses are available Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 8 PM EST. At all other times, nurses will usually return calls within 30 to 60 minutes.
Download the Talking With Your Doctor Guide
To make the most of your doctor appointment, download Talking With Your Doctor Guide. This guide will help you and your doctor have a meaningful conversation about your moderate to severe
RA and your treatment options.