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Ask the Right Questions at Your Next Doctor's Appointment

Who is the appointment for?

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What is the reason for this appointment?

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Has a doctor diagnosed you or your loved one with multiple sclerosis?

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Is the appointment with a current or new doctor?

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What are your symptoms? (Optional)

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What medications are you taking (if any) for multiple sclerosis? (Optional)

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Most important questions to ask about Multiple Sclerosis

Top 10 Questions about Multiple Sclerosis

  1. What is multiple sclerosis and what causes it?
  2. Is multiple sclerosis curable or controllable?
  3. What are the symptoms of multiple sclerosis?
  4. Are there any symptoms of multiple sclerosis that should alert me to call you?
  5. What are my treatment options for multiple sclerosis?
  6. What can I expect from my multiple sclerosis medication and how long will it take to start working?
  7. How might multiple sclerosis affect basic functions, such as vision, hearing, speech, memory, and bowel and bladder control?
  8. How might multiple sclerosis affect my mobility, daily life, and long-term health?
  9. What can I do to improve my balance and coordination?
  10. How can I best use assistive devices, such as canes and walkers, to help me get around?
  1. What is multiple sclerosis and what causes it?
  2. Is multiple sclerosis curable or controllable?
  3. What types of medical professionals do I need to see and when?
  4. Will I need follow-up tests and if so, how often will I need them?
  5. What are the symptoms of multiple sclerosis?
  6. Are there any symptoms of multiple sclerosis that should alert me to call you?
  7. Could my multiple sclerosis symptoms be caused by another medical condition?
  8. How is multiple sclerosis diagnosed?
  9. Can my primary care doctor diagnose multiple sclerosis or will I need to see a specialist?
  10. When and how will I learn of my diagnosis?
  11. Could MS be causing my problems with walking, coordination, or balance?
  12. Could MS be the cause of my fatigue?
  13. What are my treatment options for multiple sclerosis?
  14. What might happen if I do nothing to treat multiple sclerosis?
  15. Are there lifestyle changes I can make to improve my symptoms and support my treatment?
  16. How can my family and friends support my treatment for multiple sclerosis?
  17. What exercises can I do to improve strength and mobility and possibly avoid needing a wheelchair?
  18. How can I prevent falls and other complications?
  19. I get fatigued easily. What can I do for that?
  20. What can I expect from my multiple sclerosis medication and how long will it take to start working?
  21. How might multiple sclerosis affect basic functions, such as vision, hearing, speech, memory, and bowel and bladder control?
  22. How might multiple sclerosis affect my mobility, daily life, and long-term health?
  23. What can I do to improve my balance and coordination?
  24. How can I best use assistive devices, such as canes and walkers, to help me get around?
  25. How will I know if my MS treatment plan is working well or if it needs to be changed?
  26. What medications are available to treat my symptoms, slow disease progression, and reduce the severity of flare-ups?
  27. How and when should I take my MS medication and what should I do if I miss a dose?
  28. How long will I need to take my multiple sclerosis medications?
  29. What are the possible risks, benefits, side effects, and interactions of my multiple sclerosis medications?

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Top 10 Questions about Multiple Sclerosis

  1. What is multiple sclerosis and what causes it?
  2. Is multiple sclerosis curable or controllable?
  3. What are the symptoms of multiple sclerosis?
  4. Are there any symptoms of multiple sclerosis that should alert me to call you?
  5. What are my treatment options for multiple sclerosis?
  6. What can I expect from my multiple sclerosis medication and how long will it take to start working?
  7. How might multiple sclerosis affect basic functions, such as vision, hearing, speech, memory, and bowel and bladder control?
  8. How might multiple sclerosis affect my mobility, daily life, and long-term health?
  9. What can I do to improve my balance and coordination?
  10. How can I best use assistive devices, such as canes and walkers, to help me get around?

Medical Reviewer: Farrokh Sohrabi, MD. Last Annual Review Date: Jan 5, 2012  © Copyright 2013 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the Healthgrades User Agreement.


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