Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

ou'll probably first bring your concerns to the attention of your family doctor, but you may be referred to a doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of muscular dystrophy.

What you can do

If you are worried that your child might have muscular dystrophy, you might want to bring photos or video recordings that illustrate your particular concerns. Bring along a relative or friend to help listen to the doctor's information.

Questions to ask the doctor include:

  • What is likely causing these signs and symptoms?
  • Are there any other possible causes for these symptoms?
  • What kinds of tests are needed?
  • What are the possible complications of this condition?
  • How is this condition treated?
  • What is the long-term outlook?
  • How can I find other families who are coping with the same diagnosis?

What to expect from your doctor

The doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions. Being ready to answer them may reserve time to go over any points you want to talk about in depth. The doctor may ask:

  • What symptoms have you noticed?
  • When did they start? Are they getting worse?
  • Has anyone in your immediate family had muscular dystrophy?
  • Do you plan on having more children?
Jan. 18, 2012