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What MS Patients Can Do To Prepare For Their Appointment

May 31, 2017

When you are referred to a doctor to see if you have multiple sclerosis (MS), it is helpful to give your doctor as much information as possible. Here are some things that you can do to help prepare you for your appointment, and what you may experience.

 


What you can do:

  • Write down your symptoms. You should write down anything you’ve been feeling, even if they seem unrelated to the reason why you scheduled the appointment. The more your doctor knows, the better, so they can help give you a proper diagnosis.
  • Make a list of all your medications. This also includes vitamins and supplements. This can help the doctor understand what medications you’ve been in contact with, what’s been working for you, what hasn’t, etc.
  • Ask a relative or friend to accompany you. You may want to go to your appointment alone, but having someone with you makes it a little easier to remember what the doctor said. In the moment, you may feel like you are comprehending everything, but then leave the office questioning what your doctor said. Having someone with you to remember the information and to digest everything may be beneficial.
  • Write down questions to ask your doctor. You may have questions in your head that you already want to ask, but you might forget them. It is better to have everything written down so you make sure you get the answers that you need.

What many MS patients are now doing is downloading the Basic MS Explorer application to their Apple or Samsung smart phone. This app allows patients to answer each of these questions daily and stores all of the information, allowing the patient to arrive to their appointment with their phone ready to go. Give it a try before your next appointment!

What to expect from your doctor:


Your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions to understand where you’re currently at and what you’re feeling. You can be prepared to answer them, which will also help you save time. You might be asked:

  • When did you begin experiencing symptoms?
  • Have your symptoms been continuous or occasional?
  • How severe are your symptoms?
  • Does anyone in your family have multiple sclerosis?

 

Questions to ask your doctor:


You should be prepared to ask your doctor any questions or concerns you may have. Here are some questions that might be useful:

  • What’s the most likely cause of my symptoms?
  • Is my condition likely temporary or chronic?
  • What treatments are available?
  • I have these other health conditions. How can I best manage them together?

Via Mayo Clinic