You may be referred to a doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of muscular dystrophy.
What you can do
- Write down the signs and symptoms you or your child has been experiencing, and for how long.
- Bring photos or video recordings that illustrate your concerns.
- Write down key medical information, including other conditions.
- Make a list of all medications, vitamins and supplements taken by you or your child.
- Note whether anyone in your family has been diagnosed with muscular dystrophy.
Questions to ask your doctor or your child's doctor
- What's the most likely cause of these signs and symptoms?
- What tests are needed?
- What are the possible complications of this condition?
- What treatments do you recommend?
- What is the long-term outlook?
- Do you recommend that our family meet with a genetic counselor?
Don't hesitate to ask other questions during your appointment.
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions. Being ready to answer them may make time to go over points you want to spend more time on. You may be asked:
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- 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?
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