Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

You're likely to start by seeing your family doctor or a general practitioner. You may then be referred to a doctor trained in nervous system disorders (neurologist).

Here's information to help you prepare for your appointment.

What you can do

  • Write down your symptoms, including any that may seem unrelated to your reason for scheduling the appointment.
  • List medications, vitamins and supplements you're taking.
  • Ask a family member or friend to accompany you. A companion may remember something you missed.
  • Write down questions for your doctor.

Preparing a list of questions can help you make the most of your time with your doctor. For peripheral neuropathy, some basic questions include:

  • What's the most likely cause of my symptoms?
  • Are there other possible causes?
  • What tests do I need? Do these tests require any special preparation?
  • Is this condition temporary or long lasting?
  • What treatments are available, and which do you recommend?
  • What side effects can I expect from treatment?
  • Are there alternatives to the primary approach you're suggesting?
  • I have other health conditions. How can I best manage them together?
  • Do I need to restrict activities?
  • Is there a generic alternative to the medicine you're prescribing?
  • Are there brochures or other printed material I can take? 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 a number of questions, such as:

  • Do you have underlying health conditions, such as diabetes or kidney disease?
  • When did your symptoms begin?
  • Have your symptoms been continuous or occasional?
  • How severe are your symptoms?
  • Does anything seem to improve your symptoms?
  • What, if anything, appears to worsen your symptoms?
  • Does anyone in your family have symptoms similar to yours?
Dec. 02, 2014

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