Doctor Discussion Guide

There can be a lot of anticipation and emotions surrounding visits to the doctor. Whether your appointment is about your symptoms, treatment, or general well-being, there always seems to be something you forget to ask.

Take the time now to prepare for your next appointment. Review these questions and select the ones you want to ask, keeping in mind that not all of the questions will be relevant to your next visit.

Symptoms of acromegaly

My symptoms are:

Symptom

Present since...

  • Increased sweating/body odour

 

 

  • Oily skin and acne

 

 

  • Enlarged neck/thyroid gland

 

 

  • Painful joints

 

 

  • Development of skin tags

 

 

  • Prominent jaw, nose and forehead

 

 

  • Increase in space between teeth

 

 

  • Bony enlargement of the hands, arms,
    feet and legs

 

  • Enlarged lips and tongue

 

 

  • Trouble breathing/sleep apnea

 

 

  • Headaches

 

 

  • Emotional symptoms/mood swings

 

 

  • Fatigue

 

  • Other: ________________

 

 

 

List of current and previous medications used to treat my symptoms:
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List of other medications I am currently taking:
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General questions

  1. What steps are involved in making a diagnosis of acromegaly?

  2. What other conditions could be responsible for my symptoms?

  3. How would a diagnosis of acromegaly affect my daily life?

  4. What kind of modifications to my lifestyle would I have to make?

  5. Is there a way to predict how my condition will change over time?

  6. Where can I go for more information and support?

Questions about the treatment for acromegaly

  1. What are the treatment options available for acromegaly?

  2. Which treatment options am I a candidate for?

  3. What are the risks involved with each of my options?

  4. What are the long-term and short-term side effects associated with each of my treatment options?

  5. What should I do if I experience a side effect?

  6. What are the long-term health consequences of not starting treatment?

  7. Is my treatment covered through the provincial health plan?

  8. Why are medical therapies for acromegaly taken by injection?

  9. How frequently will I need an injection?

  10. Who will give me my injection?

  11. How does medical therapy for acromegaly work?

  12. How long will I have to continue with treatment?

  13. Will I have to have regular check-ups and blood tests?

  14. What is the recovery time for surgical treatment?

  15. Will I need more than one surgery?

  16. How frequently will I have an MRI scan?

  17. Other: _________________________________________

Check out the true-2-me guest editorial on treatment Considerations for Acromegaly


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