Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

You may be referred to a doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of muscular dystrophy.

What you can do

  • Write down the signs and symptoms you or your child has been experiencing, and for how long.
  • Bring photos or video recordings that illustrate your concerns.
  • Write down key medical information, including other conditions.
  • Make a list of all medications, vitamins and supplements taken by you or your child.
  • Note whether anyone in your family has been diagnosed with muscular dystrophy.

Questions to ask your doctor or your child's doctor

  • What's the most likely cause of these signs and symptoms?
  • What tests are needed?
  • What are the possible complications of this condition?
  • What treatments do you recommend?
  • What is the long-term outlook?
  • Do you recommend that our family meet with a genetic counselor?

Don't hesitate to ask other questions during your appointment.

What to expect from your doctor

Your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions. Being ready to answer them may make time to go over points you want to spend more time on. You may be asked:

  • What symptoms have you noticed?
  • When did they start? Are they getting worse?
  • Has anyone in your immediate family had muscular dystrophy?
  • Do you plan on having more children?
Nov. 27, 2014