You're likely to first bring any symptoms to the attention of your family doctor. He or she might refer you to a doctor who specializes in blood disorders (hematologist) or to a doctor specializing in inherited disorders (geneticist).
What you can do
Before the appointment, you may want to write a list of answers to the following questions:
- Has anyone in your family been diagnosed with Gaucher's disease?
- Have any children in your extended family died before the age of 2?
- What medications and supplements do you take regularly?
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor might ask some of the following questions:
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- What are the symptoms and when did they begin?
- Is there pain in the abdomen or bones?
- Have you noticed that bruising occurs more easily? Any nosebleeds?
- What's your family's heritage?
- Are there any diseases or collection of symptoms that have occurred in several generations in your family?
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