Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

You'll likely start by seeing your family doctor or a general practitioner. You may then be referred to a doctor who specializes in disorders that affect your glands and hormones (endocrinologist).

Here's some information to help you get ready for your appointment.

What you can do

  • Write down your symptoms, including any that may seem unrelated to the reason for which you scheduled the appointment.
  • For women, write down your menstrual history, age at onset of periods, episodes of missed menstrual periods, approximate dates and type of contraceptives used.
  • Write down key personal information, including major stresses or recent life changes.
  • List all medications, vitamins and supplements you're taking.
  • Write down questions for your doctor.

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

  • What's the most likely cause of my symptoms?
  • What other possible causes are there?
  • What tests do I need? Do they require special preparation?
  • What treatments are available, and which do you recommend?
  • What side effects can I expect from treatment?
  • If I have surgery, will the prolactinoma come back?
  • I have other health conditions. How can I best manage them together?
  • Will I be able to have children?
  • Is there a generic alternative to the medicine you're prescribing?
  • Are there brochures or other printed material that I can take? What websites do you recommend?

Don't hesitate to ask any other questions.

What to expect from your doctor

Your doctor is likely to ask you questions, including:

  • When did your symptoms begin?
  • Have your symptoms been continuous or occasional?
  • Does anything seem to improve your symptoms?
  • What, if anything, appears to worsen your symptoms?
  • Have you or family members ever had high calcium levels, kidney stones or tumors in endocrine glands?
March 28, 2015