Visiting a specialist, like a gastroenterologist, is a bit overwhelming if you're unsure of what to expect. However, when you visit the Digestive and Liver Center of Florida, serving Sanford, Oviedo, Orlando & Kissimmee, FL, there's no need to be nervous. Instead, come prepared with questions for us.
Why Do I Have This Symptom?
Make sure you ask your gastroenterologist about any symptoms you have, like recurring diarrhea, abdominal pain, and even non-gastrointestinal symptoms. Inquire if it's normal and related to your particular condition or if it could be a sign of something else.
Should I Get Tested for Hereditary Conditions?
Certain cancers and other digestive disorders can have a genetic connection. Therefore, you're more prone to them if you have a relation who had or has that condition. Oftentimes, screening is recommended. So, make sure you ask your gastroenterologist about any digestive disorders that could possibly be hereditary and if you should get tested, and when.
What Other Symptoms Could I Experience With This Disorder?
A practitioner at one of our Sanford, Oviedo, Orlando & Kissimmee, FL, locations may not immediately tell you what other symptoms you could experience with an issue. Therefore, if you're curious about what to expect, ask the practitioner if any other symptoms could arise besides what you have. Inquire if the condition will worsen over time if it's chronic.
Is My Issue Curable or Manageable?
Any time a gastroenterologist diagnoses you with an acute or chronic condition, know for certain if it's curable or manageable. Know if long-term complications are possible and if the condition will worsen over time, even with treatment.
How Do I Know if My Condition Is Worsening?
If your condition could progress, ask your gastroenterologist what the signs of progression are. Talk to your practitioner to see when you should take notice and action over progression.
What Caused My Condition or Disorder?
Know what caused your condition or disorder, even if it's not treatable. If your issue is treatable, it's helpful to know the cause so you can avoid it in the future. For your own personal benefit, it may help to know that you didn't cause your condition or disorder or you can better understand what did. You can then use this information to make lifestyle changes to improve your issue.
Are There Activities or Foods I Should Avoid?
To practice avoidance, know what activities or foods could cause your symptoms to worsen.
At Digestive and Liver Center of Florida, in Orlando & Kissimmee, FL, our gastroenterologists are here to answer your questions, no matter how silly or minuscule you feel they are. If you're wondering, it's important.
Contact us at (407) 384-7388.