Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

You're likely to start by seeing your family doctor or a general practitioner. In some cases when you call for an appointment, you may be referred immediately to a brain specialist (neurologist).

Here's some information to help you prepare for your appointment.

What you can do

  • List your symptoms, 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 medications, vitamins and supplements you take.
  • Bring a family member or friend along, if possible. Someone who accompanies you might help you remember something you missed or forgot.
  • Write down questions to ask your doctor.

For Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, some basic questions to ask your doctor include:

  • What is likely causing my symptoms?
  • Other than the most likely cause, what are other possible causes for my symptoms?
  • What tests do I need?
  • What is the best course of action?
  • Are there restrictions I need to follow?
  • Should I see a specialist?
  • I have other medical conditions. How do I manage them together?
  • Are there brochures or other printed material I can have? What websites do you recommend?

Don't hesitate to ask other questions.

What to expect from your doctor

Your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions, including:

  • When did your symptoms begin?
  • Have your symptoms been continuous or occasional?
  • How severe are your symptoms?
  • What, if anything, seems to improve your symptoms?
  • What, if anything, appears to worsen your symptoms?
  • Has anyone in your family had Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease?
  • Have you lived or traveled extensively outside the United States?
Sept. 09, 2015