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Step 4 – tests, treatments and further information

At Step 4 you’ll get your first diagnosis and look at suitable treatment with your specialist team. At this stage, you may need to have a number of tests to help your specialist team decide on the best treatment for you. These tests could include:

  • blood tests
  • x-rays
  • ultrasound scans
  • Disease Activity Scores

These tests might seem a bit confusing to begin with, especially when you’ve only just been diagnosed, but your rheumatology nurse specialist should help to explain them to you on your first visit. During your first or second visit to a specialist you’ll usually meet the rheumatology nurse specialist. The nurse specialist will help to answer some of the questions you may have.

Healthtalkonline is a charity website which features interviews with a wide range of people with personal experience of conditions of the bones and joints, so that you can share in their stories.

For more information, go to www.arthritisresearchuk.org.
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