As the question says, I am curious. Apart from checking my joints for tenderness to calculate my DAS score, my pain is not really taken into consideration/discusses. My rheum clinic focuses on blood tests, visible swelling and the DAS score.
I'm not being critical. I think my rheum and the rheum nurses are absolutely fantastic but over the course of my time on social media forums, I have noticed that pain is not always address in rheumatology clinics. I was referred to pain management which I find very helpful but I find it interesting that pain is such a major feature of inflammatory arthritis, yet is not always addressed. Perhaps this is due to time constraints?