Every doctor is different, and it’s important to find a doctor whom you respect and with whom you feel comfortable. In turn, it’s important to have a doctor who respects you, your values and priorities, and who wants to work with you to manage your multiple sclerosis (MS).
It is well worth the effort to search for this kind of doctor — and to advocate for yourself with your insurance company in order to have access to the doctor you choose. You will also need to do your part by preparing for appointments, writing down your questions, and being as clear as you can in explaining your symptoms and issues. And keep in mind that the doctor who partners with you to manage your MS may not be the same doctor who helps you manage your overall health and wellness. Bring to your MS provider the issues and questions relating to your MS and bring other questions and concerns to the attention of your primary care provider.
Prepare for your appointment
Write it down
Be prepared with a prioritized list of problems and questions
Have a list of prescription drugs, over-the-counter remedies, herbals, vitamins or other dietary supplements you’re taking. Download a medication tracking form (.pdf)
Review your health insurance plan
Consider transportation issues
Don’t be bashful
Anything that’s of concern to you — including problems with your mood, sexual function, thinking and memory, or bladder and bowel function — is of interest to your MS healthcare team and important for them to know. If you’re not sure what’s related to your MS and what’s not, ask your doctor or nurse to help you sort it out.