Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

You may be referred to a doctor who specializes in disorders of the brain and nervous system (neurologist).

What you can do

  • Write down your symptoms, including any that may seem unrelated to the reason why you scheduled the appointment.
  • Make a list of all your medications, vitamins and supplements.
  • Write down your key medical information, including other conditions.
  • Write down key personal information, including any recent changes or stressors in your life.
  • Write down questions to ask your doctor.
  • Ask a relative or friend to accompany you, to help you remember what the doctor says.

Questions to ask your doctor

  • What's the most likely cause of my symptoms?
  • What kinds of tests do I need?
  • What kinds of treatments do I need?
  • Should I make any lifestyle changes?

In addition to the questions that you've prepared to ask your doctor, don't hesitate to ask other questions during your appointment.

What to expect from your doctor

Your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions. Being ready to answer them may make time to go over points you want to spend more time on. You may be asked:

  • Have you had any stroke-like symptoms, such as weakness on one side of your body, trouble speaking or sudden vision problems?
  • When did you first begin experiencing symptoms? How long did they last?
  • Do you smoke?
  • How much alcohol do you drink?
  • Do you exercise regularly?
  • What do you eat in a typical day?
  • Do you have a family history of heart disease or stroke?
  • Do you have symptoms of sleep apnea?
  • Have you been diagnosed with any other medical conditions?
Jul. 19, 2014

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