While you may initially consult your primary care physician, he or she may refer you to a rheumatologist — a doctor who specializes in arthritis and other diseases of the joints, muscles and bones — or an endocrinologist, a doctor who specializes in metabolic disorders.
What you can do
You may want to prepare a list before your appointment that includes:
- Detailed descriptions of your symptoms
- Information about medical problems you've had
- Information about the medical problems of your parents or siblings
- All the medications, vitamins and dietary supplements you take
- Questions you want to ask the doctor
Your time with your doctor is limited, so preparing a list of questions may help you make the most of your time together. For osteomalacia, some basic questions to ask your doctor include:
- What's the most likely cause of my symptoms?
- Do I need any tests?
- What treatment do you recommend?
- Do I need to make any changes to my diet or lifestyle?
- Am I at risk of any long-term complications from this condition?
- Are there any brochures or other printed material that I can take with me? What websites do you recommend?
In addition to the questions that you've prepared to ask your doctor, don't hesitate to ask additional 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 allow more time to go over additional questions you may have. Your doctor may ask:
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- What are your symptoms, and when did you first notice them?
- Where is your pain located?
- Are any areas tender to the touch?
- Is your pain constant or does it come and go?
- Does anything make your symptoms better or worse?
- What medications, vitamins and supplements do you use?
- Have you been diagnosed with any other medical conditions?
- Have you ever had gastric bypass surgery?
- What treatments have you tried so far, if any? Has anything helped?
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- Evaluation, treatment, and prevention of vitamin D deficiency: An Endocrine Society clinical practice guideline. Chevy Chase, Md.: The Endocrine Society. http://www.endocrine.org/education-and-practice-management/clinical-practice-guidelines. Accessed Nov. 25, 2013.
- Position statement on vitamin D. American Academy of Dermatology. http://www.aad.org/stories-and-news/news-releases/academy-issues-updated-position-statement-on-vitamin-d. Accessed Nov. 25, 2013.
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