Preparing for your appointment

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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References
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