I'm going to my first gastro appt next week

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   Posted 10/1/2008 3:02 PM (GMT -6)   
I was wondering if I should be bringing anything along with me? I've been reading around and thought maybe I should keep a diary of my symptoms with a food diary and what not up until my appointment to show the doc? I going (finally) to ask about the trouble I've been having with my tummy and constant D. I've always had a nervous stomach that would lead to D, but for the past two years or so I rarely had a normal stool and Imodium is always in the house and in my pocketbook. I know, I've waited much too long, but I'm going. I just assumed this was something that comes along with my anxiety, but it happens far too frequently to be just anxiety related. Thanks!!
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   Posted 10/1/2008 7:50 PM (GMT -6)   
It would be a good idea to right down what your bowel habits are like and all other bowel related issues you have along with any questions you might have for him/her.

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   Posted 10/1/2008 10:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Just try and write all your symptoms down and your questions and frankly if you can take someone with you it helps to have 2 people to remember everything or you could take a tape recorder. Be sure and take a list of your meds.Don't even mention that you thought it might be anxiety or nerves cause Doctors will jump on that easy as pie.
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