Talking to Your Doctor About Scleroderma
by Cynthia M. Johnson, MA
Talk openly and often with your healthcare provider. It will help you make the best choices for your care.
Tips for Getting Information
Here are some tips that will help you talk to your doctor:
Questions to Ask Your Doctor
About Lifestyle Changes
About Your Outlook
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Last reviewed March 2020 by EBSCO Medical Review Board James P. Cornell, MD
Last Updated: 3/9/2021
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