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Patients Psoriatic arthritis

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Good advisor

How often to do you have medical appointments for your psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis?
What specialists do you see - your GP/rheumatologist/dermatologist/nurse, etc.?

How many prescriptions do you have per month?

Beginning of the discussion - 04/05/2017

Medical appointments

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I see my consultant roughly every 6 months and the nurse about 3 monthly for my psoriatic arthritis.

I get my medication issued every two months which consists of 4 different medications and pain killers on top if needed.

Medical appointments

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Good advisor

Hi @Dee237, thanks for sharing!

Does having an  appointment with your consultant every 6 months seem to be sufficient for you? Or do you think it would be better if you saw him more (less) often?

Medical appointments

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I would like more frequent appointments but the clinic is heavily booked. Able to contact a nurse in between if I have any major issues to what out come I do not know as have never done this.

Medical appointments

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My appointments are supposed to be every 6 months but they are always nearing 12 when Iget seen. I seem to have been put in the too difficult box. I have had more information from the ophthalmologist and hope the dermatologist than the Rheumatologist. I have also seen an Endocrinologist who confirmed that I am suffering Adrenal insufficiency, although nothing has been done. The only information I have been given is that the steroid dose is to high and I need to reduce them down. I am currently on 10mg also 20mg of methotrexate and I have been taken off Azathioprine 150mg. My symptoms are returning with each drop in steroids, however no help or advice is forthcoming from my rheumatologist.

Sorry for the rant!!

Les

Medical appointments

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Hi,

my dermatologist is always hard to contact and I have to wait too long before the new appointment. Is it always like that or is it just me not being lucky and in this case should I look for some other specialist who will be more available??

Medical appointments

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when on treatment my appointments used to be every 6 months or twice a year but they could have been more frequent say every 3 months that way it might have been found earlier that the treatment was causing other life threatening illnesses .my typical appointment when seeing the dermatologist was the usual weight test and blood test then in to see the doctor who just gave me another perscription and an appointment for 6 months i remember asking him several times if there were any new treatments around that i could try only his answer was only if your body was 80% covered .to be honest i think those with psoriasis should be seen every two or three months and a better treatment plan offered .

Medical appointments

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Every three months, but I'm fighting to get seen sooner this time around. I'm on Methotrexate and it's killing me.  I can't take the side effects. Painful fingers crossed!