Here's some information to help you get ready for your appointment and know what to expect from your doctor and other health providers.
What you can do
Before your appointment, make a list of:
- Any symptoms you're experiencing, including any that may seem unrelated to the reason for the appointment. Try to recall when your symptoms began.
- Key personal information, including any major stresses or recent life changes.
- All medications, vitamins and other supplements that you're taking and their doses.
- Questions to ask your doctor so that you'll remember to cover everything you wanted to.
Ask a family member or friend to go with you, if possible. Someone who accompanies you may remember something that you missed or forgot. A family member may also be able to give your doctor a fuller picture of your home life.
Some questions you might want to ask your doctor or other health care provider include:
- What kinds of tests do I need? Do these tests require any special preparation?
- Is this condition temporary or long lasting?
- What treatments are available, and which do you recommend?
- Is there a generic alternative to the medicine you're prescribing for me?
- Are there any brochures or other printed material that I can have? What websites do you recommend?
Don't hesitate to ask questions anytime you don't understand something.
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor or other health care provider is likely to ask you a number of questions, such as:
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- How long have you been worried about your weight?
- Do you exercise? How often?
- Have you found any other ways to lose weight?
- Are you having any physical symptoms?
- Have you ever vomited because you were uncomfortably full?
- Have others expressed concern that you're too thin?
- Do you think about food often?
- Do you ever eat in secret?
- Have any of your family members ever had symptoms of an eating disorder or been diagnosed with an eating disorder?
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