Withholding information from your provider
It can be hard at first to build a trusting and transparent relationship with a health care provider. This can take time and is definitely two sided. However, it is important that if you want good and individualized care, that you tell your provider everything that they need to know in order to make informed decisions about your health. Sometimes things that do not seem relevant are left out of the conversation. It is important that you let them know if you are taking any over the counter medications, vitamins, and/or herbal supplements. This is important because they need to know what you are doing to treat your own RA so that they do not prescribe or recommend something that will conflict with something you are already taking.