when to see a doctor

Preparing for Your Doctor's Visit

Lisa Emrich Health Guide November 17, 2011
  • If you live with MS, you will see the inside of a doctor's office more often than you might prefer. It is part of living with any chronic disease. My neurologist likes to see his patients at regular intervals and the longest I've gone between scheduled appointments was six months. Visits were much mo...

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  • Vicki
    Health Guide
    Nov. 21, 2011

    Hi Lisa,

    It is a good igea to suggest a visit checklist. This is helpful for newbies, but it is also a good idea for those of us who have been going to the doctor for years and have become complacent.

     

    My father taught me to guard against complacency. He was taught by the US Army/Air Corps in 1942 when he was given a checklist for his airctaft. He used...

    RHMLucky777

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    Hi Lisa,

    It is a good igea to suggest a visit checklist. This is helpful for newbies, but it is also a good idea for those of us who have been going to the doctor for years and have become complacent.

     

    My father taught me to guard against complacency. He was taught by the US Army/Air Corps in 1942 when he was given a checklist for his airctaft. He used that checklist and similar ones as his aircraft changed until he retired from the Air Fotce in the 1960s. Then when he bought one for personal use he made a checklist for it. He told me that checklist was to prevent missing even the smallest slip.

     

    I do not remember a doctor visit without a list.

     

     

  • Cathy
    Health Guide
    Feb. 24, 2012

    I wanted to point out there there are many free apps you can download to your phone to help you organize your healthcare.  There are 2 apps I have on my iPhone that allow me to organize my MS needs for my next doctor visit.  I use them whenever I have any medication changes, MS issues (like new symptoms) or other issues I want to remember to discuss...

    RHMLucky777

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    I wanted to point out there there are many free apps you can download to your phone to help you organize your healthcare.  There are 2 apps I have on my iPhone that allow me to organize my MS needs for my next doctor visit.  I use them whenever I have any medication changes, MS issues (like new symptoms) or other issues I want to remember to discuss with my doctor during my next appointment.

     

    1.  My MS Manager - a free app provided by MSAA (Multiple Sclerosis Association of America

    2.  iRXHelper - I use this less frequently since I use My MS Manager, but I wanted to list this for those of you interested!

     

    There are tons of others available.  If you have an App icon on your phone, open it and type "free apps" in the search box.   Then, what I did, was type MS into the search box, and I watch what comes up!

     

    Also, since I love reading about techie-type information, I subscribe to a newsletter called "Techlicious".  That is where I find out about available computer & cell phone programs for people with disabilities.  It has proven to be extremely helpful.

     

     

    • Lisa Emrich
      Health Guide
      Feb. 27, 2012

      Great suggestions, Cathy.  Thanks.  I've searched and downloaded almost every free app related to MS.  There's some really great stuff available!!

  • Maris B. Mohr
    Feb. 24, 2012

    Hi Lisa,

     

    Great page, well organized, but my drs like to hear it straight from my mouth. They write everything down (in their computers) anyway and don't want to see more pages. I need just the main new things written down and perhaps a recap of my present meds and if/how they're helping me.

     

    BTW, our med center is a teaching hospital and there...

    RHMLucky777

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    Hi Lisa,

     

    Great page, well organized, but my drs like to hear it straight from my mouth. They write everything down (in their computers) anyway and don't want to see more pages. I need just the main new things written down and perhaps a recap of my present meds and if/how they're helping me.

     

    BTW, our med center is a teaching hospital and there are often students sitting in with the drs. Having been a teacher myself, I often find myself teaching them about MS.

     

    Have a feel-good winter Smile!

     

    Maris

    • Lisa Emrich
      Health Guide
      Feb. 27, 2012

      HI Maris,

       

      That's interesting that your doctors do NOT want to have extra pages.  My doctor takes my 1-page self-report and uses it to complete their own records.  But whatever I actually SAY during the appointment certainly does take precedence. 

  • Anonymous
    Lisa
    Nov. 27, 2011

    What do you suggest for seeing a new neurologist for the first time?  I fired my first neurologist for not taking care of me during a 12 day visit to the hospital on his orders.  I'm seeing a new one the end of December and want to be prepared.  Most of my symptoms suggest MS, but I've not been definitely diagnosed yet.  I had a brief visit...

    RHMLucky777

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    What do you suggest for seeing a new neurologist for the first time?  I fired my first neurologist for not taking care of me during a 12 day visit to the hospital on his orders.  I'm seeing a new one the end of December and want to be prepared.  Most of my symptoms suggest MS, but I've not been definitely diagnosed yet.  I had a brief visit with a different neurologist but it didn't go well at all and I've never seen him again.  I am hoping this new doctor is more thorough and better at doctor/patient relationships and quickly diagnoses me so that my symptoms don't get worse.  The past 2 years they've gotten steadily worse very quickly and I've read that the sooner you are placed on medications the better.  Any suggestions or thoughts would be greatly appreciated!!!!!

  • bairdy
    Nov. 17, 2011

    thanks for the heads up and information as i have an appt next month with my MS specialist. mick

    • Lisa Emrich
      Health Guide
      Nov. 20, 2011

      Hi Mick, I hope that your visit goes well.  Let us know.  Being prepared really does help the visit go well.