|Preparation for your||
Give your OWN story from scratch
Not what doctors / other people have interpreted it as being.
are going to write things down
Write down your thoughts in point form - (dont write a book) and expand on these as a prompt for yourself.
Avoid the "Oh I forgot
to tell you" syndrome -
Just as you’re about to leave the consulting room.
Make a FULL list of your medications
including natural therapies-
This is fundamental and VERY important. It should include all prescription medications as well as over - the - counter (OTC) medications
Bring ALL your X-rays
Even if you think they would be irrelevant. Leave it to the doc to decide what he wants to see.
Make a priority list of your
Try to ensure that your Doctor has understood all the problems as they affect you as a patient.
Dont get too bogged down in
fine detail -
But give your doctor an idea of trends of change of your problem.
Progression over the time
Impact on daily life and function.
Ask Questions -
Dont be scared to ask questions - there is NO such thing as a stupid question...
Ask your doc if he has literature
to review on the problem -
It is always good to educate yourself regarding the problem
|1||Age / sex and general medical background|
|2||Are the symptoms worse in the morning.|
|3||Is there morning stiffness.|
|4||How long does that stiffness last in the morning.|
|5||Is there active swelling visible now ? , or are the joints just "feeling" swollen.|
|6||What are the joints involved.|
|7||Are there any skin rashes especially psoriasis, or sun sensitivity.|
|8||Is there any history of mouth / genital ulcers.|
|9||Is there any history of bowel disturbance - especially diarrhoea / blood in the stools / mucus in the stools.|
|10||Is there any history of eye problems.|
|11||What aggravates the symptoms / any history of trauma|
|12||Is there a family history of arthritis.|
|13||What is the sleep pattern like.|
|14||What is the impact on daily life.|
Thats a start