Sarcoidosis is considered a rheumatic disease. This disorder is usually found in a routine chest x-ray. The most obvious symptoms from this disorder occur in the lungs. Normally people with this disorder take prednisone which is a very powerful medication with very serious side effects. Long-term prednisone usage is extremely dangerous and most doctors will not prescribe prednisone for long-term use. Because sarcoidosis is a rheumatic disease, a rheumatologist should be treating the patient. Sometimes however since the primary effects of sarcoidosis are on the lungs, it may be more appropriate for the patient to see a pulmonary specialist. Since sarcoidosis can attack any part of the body, likewise it may be appropriate for the patient to see a specialist for that particular part of their body that is affected. A very detailed opinion from the medical doctor is crucial in proving the functional limitations caused by sarcoidosis.