Ask the Rheumatologist: Latest Answer
Tania from Edson asks: My family and I are planning our next big trip. I know that the areas I can travel are limited because I take a biologic. Can you recommend a good website or other resource for me to research this in more detail? My daughter hopes to visit all the continents!
For most rheumatology patients whose disease is under control, travel should not be a major issue. Many patients are concerned because they may have medications that require syringes and needles, but your rheumatologist can provide you a travel letter which can be presented if requested by authorities. For patients on intravenous medications, arrangements often can be made to ensure minimal interruption to your treatment. The bottom line is to speak with your rheumatologist; if your disease is under good control, you should be able to lead a full and complete life. If that includes travel, so be it!