Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

If you have signs and symptoms common to DISH, make an appointment with your family doctor or a general practitioner. After an initial evaluation, your doctor might refer you to a specialist such as a rheumatologist, physiatrist, orthopedic surgeon or neurologist.

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

What you can do

  • Write down your symptoms and when they began.
  • Write down key medical information, including other conditions you have as well as the names of all medications, vitamins or supplements you take.
  • Write down possible causes of injury to the affected area.
  • Write down questions to ask your doctor.

Preparing a list of questions will help you make the most of your time with your doctor. For DISH, some basic questions to ask include:

  • What's the most likely cause of my symptoms?
  • Are there other possible causes for my symptoms?
  • What tests do I need?
  • Which treatment do you recommend?
  • What self-care steps can help me manage this condition?
  • Do I need to restrict my activities?
  • How often will you see me for follow-up visits?
  • If the first treatment approach doesn't work, what will you recommend next?
  • I have other health conditions. How can I best manage them together?
  • Are there brochures or other materials I can take? What websites do you recommend?

Don't hesitate to ask any other questions.

What to expect from your doctor

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

  • What are your symptoms, and when did you first notice them?
  • Have your symptoms gotten worse over time?
  • Are your symptoms worse in the morning?
  • Do you have difficulty moving the affected joint?
  • Are you having difficulty swallowing?
  • What, if anything, seems to improve your symptoms?
  • Have you previously taken long-term, prescribed medications, such as for acne or other skin conditions?
Sept. 16, 2015