Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What do I need to bring with me for a scheduled office appointment?
- Medicare and your insurance information
- A list of all medications that you are currently taking
- A list of any known drug allergies & the symptoms you may have from taking these medicines
- If you have had surgery elsewhere, please bring a copy of your operation report
- A list of your past medical or health problems.
Are my medical records kept private and confidential?
Your medical file is handled with the utmost respect for your privacy. Our staff is bound by strict confidentiality requirements as a condition of employment regarding your medical records. Ordinarily we will not release the contents of your medical file without your consent.
How do I reschedule my appointment?
If you need to reschedule your appointment for any reason, please call our office at (386) 456-0300 (Orange City FL) or (407) 268-3660 (Lake Mary FL).
We appreciate a call at least one week prior to your new patient visit if your plans change for any reason.
What should I expect during first visit?
During your initial visit, the doctor will ask you to explain your symptoms in more detail and you will be required to go through a physical examination.
Based on your answers and the findings from the examination, your rheumatologist may order more diagnostic tests for e.g. blood tests or X-rays or other imaging.
It is advised that you bring along details of any medications, herbs and supplements you take including:
- The name of the drug, herb, or supplement
- Schedule (how often you take it)
If you have prior blood tests or x-rays or other studies that are related to your current symptoms kindly bring them to your visit as this could provide valuable information to the doctor.
Your Rheumatologist may ask you the following questions
- Where does it hurt?
- What makes it feel better or worse?
- When did you begin to feel the pain?
- When do you typically feel pain?
- Is the pain dull or sharp?
- How long does the pain typically last?
- Do you have swelling or redness of any joints?
- Do your symptoms affect your ability to perform any daily tasks?
- Have you injured the affected joint, been in an accident, or recently overused the joint that is affected?
- Do any family members have the same or similar problem?
- Arthritis risk factors
The combination of your medical history, physical examination, and diagnostic test results will help your rheumatologist decide in the diagnosis and management of your condition