Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Appointments can be brief, so it's good to be well-prepared. Write down any signs and symptoms you're experiencing — even if they seem minor — such as low-grade fever or fatigue. You should also write down any questions you have for your doctor.

Preparing a list of questions for your doctor will help you make the most of your time together. For CMV, basic questions to ask your doctor include:

  • What is likely causing my symptoms or condition?
  • What are other possible causes for my symptoms or condition?
  • What tests do I need?
  • Is my condition likely temporary or chronic?
  • What is the best course of action?
  • Will I infect others?
  • What are alternatives to the primary approach you're suggesting?
  • I have other health conditions. How can I best manage them together?
  • Are there any restrictions I need to follow?
  • Should I see a specialist?
  • Is there a generic alternative to the medicine you're prescribing?
  • Are there brochures or other printed material that I can have? What websites do you recommend?

Don't hesitate to ask other questions.

What to expect from your doctor

Your doctor will ask you a number of questions, such as:

  • How long have you had your symptoms?
  • Do you work or live with young children?
  • Have you had a blood transfusion or organ transplant recently?
  • Do you have a medical condition that compromises your immune system, such as HIV or AIDS?
  • Are you receiving chemotherapy?
  • Do you practice safe sex?
  • Are you pregnant or breast-feeding?

In addition, if you think you have been exposed during pregnancy:

  • When do you think you may have been exposed?
  • Have you had symptoms of the condition?
  • Have you been tested for CMV before?
Apr. 04, 2014

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