What Should You Be Asking – and Telling – Your Doctor at Your Next Appointment

What Should You Be Asking – and Telling – Your Doctor at Your Next Appointment

Whether you’ve been experiencing digestive issues like gas, bloating, diarrhea, and stomach pain for a while or you’ve been recently diagnosed with Sucrose Intolerance, also known as Congenital Sucrase-Isomaltase Deficiency (CSID), the questions you have for your gastroenterologist at your next appointment are endless.

Here are three scenarios, each with some key concerns you’ll want to make your doctor aware of as well as questions you to ask at your next appointment so you can go in feeling confident and come out informed.

Scenario 1: You have an appointment with your gastroenterologist to discuss symptoms and have not yet been diagnosed.

As you prepare for your first appointment, it’s important to remember that your doctor is there for you. Don’t be afraid to ask as many questions as you’d like and be honest about the symptoms you are experiencing. It may even be helpful to write your questions down ahead of time, so you can go in feeling confident.

Here’s what you should tell your doctor at your visit:

  • Discuss current symptoms you may be experiencing like gas, bloating, and diarrhea, and how long your symptoms have been occurring.
  • Mention the foods that are causing you discomfort, including any known food intolerances, particularly sugar.
  • Explain to your doctor that you took a quiz to find out if you might have Sucrose Intolerance.

Here are three questions to ask your doctor at your visit:

  1. Based on my symptoms, could I have Sucrose Intolerance?
  2. What specific tests can I take to help aid in the diagnosis of Sucrose Intolerance? (Note: You can look at several different testing methods here so you’re in the know before your appointment.)
  3. What are my options if Sucrose Intolerance diagnosis is confirmed?

Scenario 2: You’ve recently been diagnosed with a Sucrose Intolerance, and you’re heading in for a follow-up appointment.

It’s important to build a positive relationship with your healthcare provider throughout your journey. As you prepare for your follow-up appointment, remember that it’s a two-way communication stream built on trust and respect for one another.

Here’s what you should tell your doctor at your visit:

  • Discuss any concerns you may have regarding your health and diagnosis.
  • Mention any changes in your symptoms since diagnosis. (Come prepared with these written down so you don’t forget.)

Here are 3 questions to ask your doctor at your visit:

  1. What options are available to help with Sucrose Intolerance?
  2. What about medications that I am currently taking?
  3. How can we track my progress, and what other resources are out there for me?

Scenario 3: You’ve been following the dietary and lifestyle changes for a while now, and you’re going in for a follow-up appointment.

While you prepare for your next visit, now is a good time to access whether you feel comfortable with your current provider. Be an advocate for your health, and feel free to change providers if necessary.

Here’s what you should tell your doctor at your visit:

  • Mention any recurring or worsening symptoms.
  • Discuss lifestyle and dietary changes with your doctor.

Here are 3 questions to ask your doctor at your visit:

  1. How is my progress?
  2. May we go over any recent test results and what they mean?
  3. May I receive records of procedure labs, tests, and clinic notes to add to my personal records?

Hopefully, you’re now feeling more confident as you gear up for your next visit with your doctor. While you may feel emotional and overwhelmed after your diagnosis, the more informed you are, the more you can advocate for your own health.

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