In most cases, you won't need to see a doctor for mittelschmerz. However, if your pain is especially troublesome, you may make an appointment to confirm a diagnosis of mittelschmerz or to explore treatment options.
What you can do
You may want to write a list that includes:
- Detailed descriptions of your symptoms
- The dates when your last two menstrual periods began
- Information about medical problems you've had
- Information about the medical problems of your parents or siblings
- All the medications and dietary supplements you take
- Questions to ask the doctor
Preparing a list of questions for your doctor will help you make the most of your time together. For mittelschmerz, some basic questions to ask include:
- What is likely causing my symptoms?
- Are there other possible causes for my symptoms?
- Are my symptoms likely to change over time?
- Do I need tests?
- What treatments or home remedies might help?
- Do you have brochures or other printed materials I can have? What websites do you recommend?
Don't hesitate to ask other questions, as well.
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions, such as:
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- How many days apart are your menstrual periods, and how long do they last?
- How would you describe your symptoms?
- Where is your pain?
- How long have you been experiencing this pain? Is it constant or does it subside after a few minutes or hours?
- On a scale of 1 to 10, how severe is your pain?
- How long before or after your period does the pain occur?
- Do you have other symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, back pain, dizziness or headache?
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