Hi @macarl, as others have mentioned, seeing a specialist is the best way to get an accurate diagnosis, rule out problems, and discuss treatment options. It can be stressful, but take comfort in the fact that you are being proactive about your health. That’s a great thing!
That said, here are some tips that may help with the upcoming appointment along with some sample questions to ask. They all may not apply to your situation but I wanted to pass them along perhaps as a starting point.
– Be aware of any pre-appointment restrictions. When you make the appointment, ask if there’s anything you need to do in advance, such as limiting your sodium or fluid intake.
– Write down any symptoms you’re experiencing. Include all symptoms whether you think they may be related or not
– Write down key personal information, including any major stresses, recent life changes and family history.
– Make a list of current medications, vitamins or supplements that you are taking
– Consider taking a family member or friend to your appointment. They can provide support and help you remember all the information discussed during the appointment.
– Gather any medical records required by your new doctor
– Write down questions to ask your doctor so you are prepared and can make the most of your time together.
Examples of questions to ask from Mayo Clinic
Is my kidney function worsening?
Do I need more tests?
What’s causing my condition?
Can the damage to my kidneys be reversed?
What are my treatment options?
What are the potential side effects of each treatment?
I have these other health conditions. How can I best manage them together?
Do I need to eat a special diet?
Can you refer me to a dietitian who can help me plan my meals?
Is there a generic alternative to the medicine you’re prescribing?
Are there any brochures or other printed material that I can have? What websites do you recommend?
How often do I need to have my kidney function tested?
Best of luck!!