Preparing for MS appointments

It’s not always easy talking to your doctor or nurse about how you are feeling.

 

Talking to your doctor

It’s important to make the most of the conversations with your neurologist. To do this, take time to prepare for your appointment, no matter how busy your life is. Your neurologist is busy as well, but you shouldn’t feel rushed or unsatisfied when you leave his or her office. Be sure to take your time and get all of the answers you need.
 

Preparing for MS appointments

 

Planning ahead for your appointments can:

  • Help you to make the most of your appointment time
  • Help you maximize the care you are receiving
  • Help you to remember more of the information your doctor or nurse gives you

 

Do:

  • Think about what you want to accomplish. This can help you decide on the most important things you want to cover.
  • Make a list of important questions or concerns to discuss. Jot down two or three top points to cover during your appointment with the most important at the top in case time runs short.
  • Ask a family member or friend to come with you. Not only are they great emotional support, they may notice things you didn’t and can take notes while you focus on talking to your healthcare provider. They can also remember things you forget to mention.
  • Keep a health and lifestyle diary. This can help refresh your memory when preparing for your appointments.
  • Practice what you want to say. You can never be too prepared! Practice describing your concerns and symptoms as clearly and concisely as possible.
  • Make a list of all medication and supplements you are taking. Be sure to review what you are taking and when/how you are taking them.

 

Don't:

  • Be afraid to ask questions! Your appointment isn’t just about listening to what they have to say – it’s also a great opportunity to get all your questions answered.
    • Never feel like you can’t ask a question.
    • Whatever it is, the neurologist or nurse will probably have heard it many times before.
    • If your healthcare provider doesn’t answer a question you have, be sure to ask it again until you get an answer.
    • If you don’t understand something your healthcare provider says, ask for the information to be rephrased (ask until you can repeat it back in your own words).
    • The more questions you ask, the more comfortable you are likely to feel about your MS care plan.
  • Forget that your neurologist and nurse are both partners in your journey. Use your appointments to share information with each other so you can make joint decisions about your care.

 

 

 

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