Even if this is not your first visit to your doctor, a lot of the information in this section should be helpful on future visits.
General note: Scleroderma and other autoimmune diseases are chronic conditions, which means that you and your provider(s) will be in a working relationship for a long time. Because of this, it is very important that you feel that your provider is taking the time to listen to your questions and concerns and also is willing to hear your own ideas about how you would like to proceed with your health care decisions. The fact that you are reading this document (and the much more comprehensive Scleroderma FAQ) means that you have decided that you want to understand your (potential) disease and also to be involved in care decisions. If you feel that your doctor is not willing to listen to you, then you may want to consider switching to a different doctor.