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   Posted 4/25/2006 10:51 AM (GMT -7)   
hi i have my first meeting with GI doc next week its only taken 2 years, so really want to get some thing out of it,,so any tips,what do they want to no or ask u on first meeting so can come prepared? 

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   Posted 4/25/2006 11:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Every doctor is different--unfortunately. Some just want you to do all the talking and they will do none at all, while some like to ask you questions and not have you elaborate, and some ask you some starter questions to draw you out and then listen to everything you say, even if you go off on a tangent (these, in my opinion, are the best kind of doctors).

Trust me, you will forget a lot of your symptoms and questions when you go in due to nerves or the doctor's questions leading you away from them. So I would suggest you write down your symptoms as specifically as possible, such as what foods make you worse, when and where do you hurt the most, what medicines seem to help, etc.? And if you have questions now, make sure you write those down on a separate piece of paper and ask them once you have gone over your symptoms. If the doctor says you need tests, be sure you ask him why he thinks you need them, what they will show, how they will work, etc. Don't let him leave you feeling confused and befuddled. Make sure you give him your list of symptoms to put in your file, just in case you didn't go over everything or he missed writing some of them down.

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   Posted 4/25/2006 5:47 PM (GMT -7)   
I found that even when I write things down I can get off track very easily. The best way I found was to have a list for me and give the Dr. a list which you can go over together. It is really easy for everything to sound logical and easy to understand and then when I get out I look at my list and see that I forgot to mention this or that. They will usually scan something when you give it to them and it helps them focus, too. I have had some put it aside without looking but then I wouldn't let him out of room till we went over it all.

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   Posted 4/26/2006 2:01 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks guys am going to compile a very long list of sysptoms, the medication i have and am on and its effects, what foods do to me and time and length of really bad eposides
hope it helps

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   Posted 4/26/2006 4:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Good luck with your appointment mads... please keep us posted.
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