Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

You're likely to start by seeing your family doctor or a general practitioner. However, you'll probably then be referred to a doctor who specializes in treating hormonal disorders (endocrinologist).

Here's some information to help you get ready for your appointment, and to know what to expect from your doctor.

What you can do

Before your appointment, prepare a list describing:

  • Your symptoms, including those that may seem unrelated
  • Key personal information, including any major stresses or recent life changes
  • All the medications and dietary supplements you take regularly

Writing down your questions ahead of time may help you make the most of your time with your doctor. For hypercalcemia, some basic questions to ask your doctor include:

  • What's the most likely cause of my symptoms?
  • What kinds of tests do I need? Do these tests require any special preparation?
  • What treatments are available and which do you recommend?
  • What types of side effects can I expect from treatment?
  • Are there any alternatives to the primary approach that you're suggesting?
  • I have other health conditions. How can I best manage them together?

What to expect from your doctor

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

  • When did you begin having symptoms?
  • Does anything seem to improve your symptoms?
  • What, if anything, appears to worsen your symptoms?
  • Have you had kidney stones, bone fractures or osteoporosis?
  • Do you have bone pain?
  • Do you have unexplained weight loss?
  • Have family members had hypercalcemia or kidney stones?
Apr. 25, 2014

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