Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

You may be asked to keep a voiding diary for a few days to record information, such as how often you urinate and how much and what kinds of fluid you consume.

For more testing, you may be referred to a specialist in urinary disorders (urologist) or urinary disorders in women (urogynecologist).

What you can do

To get the most from your visit to the doctor, prepare in advance:

  • Write down any symptoms you're experiencing. Include all of your symptoms, even if you don't think they're related.
  • Make a list of any medications, vitamins or other supplements you take. Many over-the-counter supplements can irritate the urinary tract. Also note the doses and how often you take the medication or supplements.
  • Have a family member or close friend go with you. You may be given a lot of information at your visit, and it can be difficult to remember everything.
  • Take a notepad or an electronic device with you. Use it to note important information during your visit.
  • Prepare a list of questions to ask your doctor. List your most important questions first, in case time runs out.

For interstitial cystitis, some basic questions to ask your doctor include:

  • Will my symptoms eventually go away?
  • What kind of tests might I need?
  • Will changing my diet help with my symptoms?
  • Could the medicines I take be aggravating my condition?
  • Are there any medications that would help ease my symptoms?
  • Will I need surgery?

Make sure that you understand what your doctor tells you. Don't hesitate to ask your doctor to repeat information or to ask follow-up questions for clarification.

What to expect from your doctor

Be prepared to answer questions from your doctor. Potential questions your doctor might ask include:

  • How often do you feel the urge to urinate with little or no warning?
  • Do you feel the urge to urinate immediately after you've urinated?
  • Do you ever urinate less than two hours after you finished urinating?
  • Do you wake up at night to urinate?
  • Do you have pain or burning in your bladder?
  • Do you feel pain in your abdomen or pelvis?
  • Are you currently sexually active?
  • How much do your symptoms bother you?
Jan. 02, 2014

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