What to Ask the Doctor

Diagnosis and Treatment Options

What is my diagnosis?

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What type of alternative therapies can/should I try?

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How should I quantify my pain?

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Will you put me on medications? If so, what are they and are there any side effects?

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Will my insurance cover the treatments?

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How often will I need to see you?

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What lifestyle changes, if any, will I need to make?

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Who should I call in your office if I have any more questions?

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If surgery is chosen:

When can I return to work or school?

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Will I have steri strips? stitches? staples?

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How likely is it that I have a brace or a cast?

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What kind of pain killers will you give me?

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When will I be up and around again? When will I be back to my normal activities?

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When can I drive in a car as a passenger? When can I drive myself? When can I fly?

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Do you expect any complications?

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If you are on any kind of medication, tell your surgeon. Include over-the-counter drugs like aspirin or allergy medicine. Ask:

Do I need to stop taking it before the surgery? How long before?

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When can I take it again after surgery?

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Will I need to bring this medication with me to the hospital?

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