In most cases, complications of antiphospholipid syndrome — such as DVT, stroke or pregnancy loss — will prompt you to seek medical care. Depending on your complication, you'll likely see a specialist in vascular disease, obstetrics or hematology.
Here's some information to help you get ready for your appointment.
What you can do
Be aware of any pre-appointment restrictions. At the time you make the appointment, be sure to ask if there's anything you need to do in advance. Make a list of:
- Your signs or symptoms and when they began.
- Write down key personal information, including any major recent events or changes in your life.
- Key medical information, including other conditions or infections you have and family medical history, especially close relatives who've had antiphospholipid syndrome.
- All medications, vitamins and other supplements you take, including doses.
- Questions to ask your doctor.
Take a family member or friend along, if possible, to help you remember the information you get.
For antiphospholipid syndrome, some questions to ask your doctor include:
- What's the most likely cause of my symptoms?
- What tests do I need?
- What treatment do you recommend?
- How will you determine whether my treatment is working?
- Does this condition increase my risk of any other medical problems?
- Does this condition increase my risk of health problems during pregnancy? Are there treatments to reduce that risk?
- Are there brochures or other printed material that I can have? What websites do you recommend?
Don't hesitate to ask other questions, as well.
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions, including:
- Do you have a history of stroke or blood clots?
- Do you have a history of pregnancy complications, such as high blood pressure, miscarriage or stillbirth?
- Do you have lupus or another autoimmune disorder?
- Have you ever been tested for sexually transmitted infections or chronic viral diseases, such as hepatitis?
- Do you have frequent headaches?
- Have you noticed a red, net-like rash on your wrists or knees?
- Do you smoke?
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