Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Start by seeing your family doctor or a general practitioner if you have signs or symptoms that worry you. If your doctor suspects you may have solitary rectal ulcer syndrome, you may be referred to a doctor who specializes in the digestive system (gastroenterologist).

Because appointments can be brief, it's a good idea to be prepared for your appointment. Here's some information to help you get ready for your appointment, and what to expect from your doctor.

What you can do

  • Be aware of any pre-appointment restrictions. At the time you make the appointment, be sure to ask if there's anything you need to do in advance, such as restrict your diet.
  • Write down any symptoms you're experiencing, including any that may seem unrelated to the reason for which you scheduled the appointment.
  • Write down key personal information, including any major stresses or recent life changes.
  • Make a list of all medications, vitamins or supplements that you're taking.
  • Write down questions to ask your doctor.

Questions to ask your doctor

For solitary rectal ulcer syndrome, some basic questions to ask your doctor include:

  • What is likely causing my rectal ulcer signs and symptoms?
  • What are other possible causes for my symptoms?
  • What kinds of tests do I need?
  • Is my condition likely temporary or long lasting?
  • Do I need treatment?
  • What are my treatment options?
  • I have these other health conditions. How can I best manage these conditions together?
  • Do I need to follow any dietary or activity restrictions?
  • Is there a generic alternative to the medicine you're prescribing me?
  • Are there any brochures or other printed material that I can take with me? What websites do you recommend?
  • Will I need follow-up visits? If so, how often?

What to expect from your doctor

Your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions. Being ready to answer them may reserve time to go over any points you want to spend more time on.

  • When did you first begin experiencing symptoms?
  • Have your symptoms been continuous or occasional?
  • How severe are your symptoms?
  • Have you recently had trouble with constipation?
  • Does anything seem to improve your symptoms?
  • What, if anything, appears to worsen your symptoms?
Apr. 28, 2012