Preparing for your appointmentBy Mayo Clinic Staff
Here's some information to help you prepare for your appointment.
What you can do
- Write down symptoms you have, including any that may seem unrelated to the reason for which you scheduled the appointment.
- Write down key personal information, including recent life changes.
- List all medications, vitamins and supplements you're taking.
- Write down questions to ask your doctor.
Your time with your doctor may be limited, so preparing a list of questions can help you make the most of your time together. For a Baker's cyst, some basic questions to ask your doctor include:
- What caused this cyst to develop?
- What tests do I need? Do these tests require special preparation?
- Is a Baker's cyst temporary or long lasting?
- What treatments are available, and which do you recommend?
- What side effects can I expect from treatment?
- What steps can I take on my own that might help?
- Do I need to limit my activity? If so, how much and for how long?
- I have other health conditions. How can I best manage these conditions together?
Don't hesitate to ask other questions.
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions, such as:
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- When did your symptoms begin?
- Do you feel pain or stiffness all the time, or does the pain come and go with activity?
- Does your knee swell, feel unstable or lock?
- How severe are your symptoms?
- Does anything seem to improve your symptoms?
- What, if anything, appears to worsen your symptoms?
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- Imboden JB, et al. Approach to the patient with knee pain. In: Current Rheumatology Diagnosis & Treatment. 3rd ed. New York, N.Y.: The McGraw-Hill Companies; 2013. http://www.accessmedicine.com. Accessed April 27, 2015.
- Arthritis of the knee. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=a00212. Accessed April 27, 2015.