You'll likely start by seeing your primary care provider, who might refer you to a doctor who specializes in diseases of the joints and muscles (rheumatologist) or one who specializes in metabolic bone disorders (endocrinologist).
Make a list of:
- Your symptoms, including any that seem unrelated to your reason for making the appointment and when they began
- Key personal information, including other medical conditions and family medical history
- All medications, vitamins and other supplements, including doses
- Questions to ask your doctor
For osteomalacia, basic questions to ask your doctor include:
- What's the most likely cause of my symptoms?
- What tests do I need?
- What treatment do you recommend?
- Do I need to change my diet or lifestyle?
- Am I at risk of long-term complications from this condition?
- Are there brochures or other printed material I can have? What websites do you recommend?
Don't hesitate to ask other questions.
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor is likely to ask you questions, including:
- Where do you feel pain?
- When did your pain start, and has it progressed?
- 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?
- Have you had gastric bypass surgery or other bowel surgery?
- What treatments have you tried so far, if any? Has anything helped?
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