Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

You're likely to start by seeing your family doctor or primary care provider. In some cases, though, you might be referred immediately to a doctor who specializes in urinary tract disorders (urologist).

Here's some information to help you prepare 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 to prepare for common diagnostic tests.
  • Write down any symptoms you're experiencing, including any that may seem unrelated to the reason for which you scheduled the appointment.
  • Make a list of your key medical information, including any other conditions for which you're being treated, and the names of any medications, vitamins or supplements you're taking.
  • Consider questions to ask your doctor and write them down. Bring along notepaper and a pen to jot down information as your doctor addresses your questions.

What to expect from your doctor

Your doctor or health care provider 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.

Questions your doctor might ask include:

  • What color is your urine?
  • Do you see blood or blood clots in your urine?
  • When did you first notice the unusual urine color?
  • Does it happen all the time or only sometimes?
  • Do you also notice an unusual odor to your urine?
  • Are you urinating more or less frequently than usual?
  • Do you have pain while urinating?
  • What other symptoms are you experiencing?
  • Has your appetite changed?
  • Do you seem to be more or less thirsty than usual?
  • Have you had any previous urinary problems?
  • Do you have any allergies?
  • What medications are you taking?
Sep. 30, 2011

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