Preparing for your appointmentBy Mayo Clinic Staff
You're likely to start by seeing your primary care doctor. In some cases when you call to set up an appointment, you may be referred immediately to a dermatologist or a surgeon.
What you can do
Before your appointment, you may want to write a list that answers the following questions:
- When did your symptoms begin?
- Have you experienced this problem before?
- Does anything improve your symptoms?
- What, if anything, appears to worsen your symptoms?
- What medications or supplements do you take regularly?
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions, including:
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- Have you been running a fever?
- Is the pain keeping you awake at night?
- What is your occupation? Do you sit all day?
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