Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Here's some information to help you get ready for your appointments, and what to expect from your health care team.

What you can do

  • Write down your symptoms, even those that may seem unrelated to bulimia.
  • Write down key personal information, including any major stresses or recent life changes.
  • Make a list of all medications you're taking, as well as any herbs, vitamins or supplements.
  • Ask a family member or friend to come with you, if possible, to help you remember key points and give a fuller picture of the situation and your home life.

Write down questions to ask your doctor, such as:

  • What kinds of tests do I need? Do these tests require any special preparation?
  • What treatments are available, and which do you recommend?
  • Is there a generic alternative to the medicine you're prescribing me?
  • How will treatment affect my weight?
  • Will my periods begin again?
  • Are there any brochures or other printed material I can take home with me? What websites do you recommend?

Don't hesitate to ask questions at any time if you don't understand something.

What to expect from your doctor

Your doctor or other health care provider will likely ask you several questions to determine if you have bulimia, such as:

  • How long have you been worried about your weight?
  • Do you exercise? How often do you exercise?
  • 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 you ever taken medications for weight loss?
  • 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 have any been diagnosed with an eating disorder?

Your doctor will ask additional questions based on your responses, symptoms and needs.

Apr. 03, 2012