Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

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:

  • 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?
June 10, 2015