Effectively managing MS may require ongoing appointments with multiple specialists on your health care team — including neurologists, physical and occupational therapists and others.
Making the most of each appointment is vital to living with MS. Here are five tips to help you do just that:
Keep notes of those symptoms, ideally when they’re happening or shortly thereafter in order to capture them while they’re fresh in your mind. Not surprisingly, there are smartphone apps for that and even free, old-school forms you can download that can help you keep track in actual handwriting, too if you wish.
Think about — and include — the variables your doctor will want to know about, such as when a particular symptom started, what the level of pain was, if the symptom(s) subsided and when, etc.
2. Get your records together
Though many doctors have online access to your medical records, not all do, at least not in the United States (for a variety of reasons). At a minimum you’ll want to be sure your doctors have updated records for your treatment, which means you’ll want to keep those records yourself and bring updated scans (disks and hard copy reports) and the like that you may be asked to share at the appointment.
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