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Making an Appointment
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Prepare for Your Visit
If you feel you might have an endocrine or metabolic disorder, make an appointment with your primary care provider. The information listed below will help you get ready for your appointment and what you can expect from your physician.
Write down your symptoms, including when they started and how often they occur
- List your key medical information, including any other conditions for which you're being treated and the names of any medications, vitamins or supplements you're taking.
- Log details about your recent diabetes management, if you have diabetes. Notes for your physician should include the timing and results of recent blood sugar tests, as well as the schedule on which you have been taking your medications if any.
- List your typical daily habits, including alcohol intake, meals and exercise routines.
- Take a family member or friend along, if possible. Sometimes it can be difficult to soak up all the information provided to you during an appointment. Someone who accompanies you may remember something you missed or forgot.
- Write down questions to ask your physician. Creating your list of questions in advance can help you make the most of your time with your physician.
Questions to ask your physician if you have diabetes include:
- Are my signs and symptoms due to hypoglycemia?
- What is most likely triggering my hypoglycemia?
- Do I need to adjust my treatment plan?
- Do I need to make any changes to my diet?
- Do I need to make any changes to my exercise routine?
- What else do you recommend to help me better manage my condition?
Questions to ask if you haven't been diagnosed with diabetes include:
- Is hypoglycemia the most likely cause of my signs and symptoms?
- What else might be causing these signs and symptoms?
- What tests do I need?
- What are the possible complications of this condition?
- How is this condition treated?
- What self-care steps, including lifestyle changes, can I take to help improve my signs and symptoms?
- Should I see a specialist?
What to expect from your physician
A physician who sees you for signs and symptoms of an endocrine or metabolic disorder is likely to ask you a number of questions. The physician may ask:
- What are your signs and symptoms?
- When did you first notice these signs and symptoms?
- When do your signs and symptoms typically occur?
- Does anything seem to provoke your signs and symptoms?
- Have you been diagnosed with any other medical conditions?
- What medications are you currently taking, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs as well as vitamins and supplements?
- What is your typical daily diet?
- Do you drink alcohol? If yes, how much?
- What is your typical exercise routine?
*Note: If you have diabetes, your physician may also ask a number of detailed questions about your diabetes management. It will help to come to your appointment with a recent log of blood sugar test results, medication names and schedules, and any changes you've noticed in the frequency or severity of diabetes-related symptoms.