If you have signs and symptoms of dumping syndrome, you're likely to first see your family doctor or a general practitioner. You may then be referred to a doctor who specializes in treating digestive system disorders (gastroenterologist).
Here's some information to help you get ready for your appointment.
What you can do
- Be aware of pre-appointment restrictions. When you make the appointment, ask if there's anything you need to do beforehand, such as restrict your diet.
- Write down your symptoms, including any that may seem unrelated to the reason for which you scheduled the appointment.
- Write down key personal information, including major stresses or recent life changes.
- List all medications, vitamins or supplements you take.
- Take a family member or friend along to help you remember everything.
- Bring your medical records about past treatment, especially stomach surgery.
- Write down questions to ask your doctor.
Questions to ask your doctor
For dumping syndrome, some basic questions to ask your doctor include:
- What is likely causing my symptoms?
- What are other possible causes?
- What tests do I need?
- What is the best course of action?
- Should I see a dietitian?
- I have these other health conditions. How can I best manage them together?
- Should I see a specialist?
- Are there brochures or other printed material that I can take? 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 questions, including:
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- Have you had stomach surgery, and if so, what kind?
- When did your symptoms begin?
- Have your symptoms been continuous or occasional?
- How long after eating do your symptoms begin?
- Do certain foods make your symptoms worse?
- How severe are your symptoms?
- What, if anything, seems to improve your symptoms?
- What, if anything, appears to worsen your symptoms?
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