Not seeing a specialist
While most primary care providers (PCPs) will know enough about RA to help you get started with management, it can be beneficial for everyone to see a specialist. Seeing a rheumatologist can help each patient get the individualized care that he/she needs. A rheumatologist can work in conjunction with you and your PCP to ensure that every aspect of your health is being cared for, and that all your concerns are being addressed. A specialist will also have more in-depth knowledge and experience in caring for people with RA. He/she will be able to empower you to care for yourself and be educated about your specific needs.