Should I Travel 14 Hours Out of Town to See a Rheumatologist?

Hi everyone!

Thank you for your fellowship ❤️

Diagnosed with RA

I was diagnosed with markers for RA back in 2016, and I experienced my first flare-up in April 2021. I am still in a flare although the pain and stiffness are decreasing now, after 3 months.

The earliest I can see a local rheumatologist is mid-November, but I found a place in Dallas, TX that has openings.

Considering treatment options

Should I make the expense of missing work, the 14-hour drive, the hotel? I wonder if treatment would require me to stay in Dallas more than for this first office visit.

If I could not afford to stay longer would it all be for naught? Feedback appreciated.

Isabel

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