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        03-11-2013, 07:29 PM
      #11
    Green Broke
    I think it would be fine to type it out and hand it over. Will save a lot of time and questions also because its all right there! Hope you figure this out soon!!
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        03-11-2013, 08:04 PM
      #12
    Showing
    I agree that it would probably be easiest to just print out your list of symptoms and give it to the Doc.

    First thing that pops into my head is hormonal imbalance, perhaps with a thyroid problem mixed in, but that is my very non-edumacated thought.
         
        03-11-2013, 08:29 PM
      #13
    Trained
    Smrobs-you may know a thing or two.......

    I would also print out the list. I would make an appt with a GP type person first, and then with your GYN. Most GP;s know very little about hormones-GYN is better, Endocrinologist is best. But, start with the GP-he may want you to get some GI workup also.....but will probably start with blood work.
         
        03-11-2013, 08:35 PM
      #14
    Showing
    Thanks, everyone.

    I already asked on FB for some suggestions for GPs and have gotten a couple of answers.

    My boyfriend has even noticed a big difference in me, personality-wise. The whole moodiness and irritability thing have thrown him for a loop because when we met, I wasn't that way at all. I don't have a lot of stress, either (at least no more than a normal person with a job and bills).
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        03-11-2013, 08:38 PM
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    Trained
    I don't know if I would just hand over the list. I think I would take it with me and then discuss it with my doctor. If he wants to read it fine, but I find discussions to be more beneficial as one thing can lead to another. As you discuss, tick off each point that you cover so you don't miss anything.
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        03-11-2013, 08:41 PM
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    Originally Posted by NorthernMama    
    I don't know if I would just hand over the list. I think I would take it with me and then discuss it with my doctor. If he wants to read it fine, but I find discussions to be more beneficial as one thing can lead to another. As you discuss, tick off each point that you cover so you don't miss anything.
    I'm kinda thinking maybe do both. Hand him/her the list and then discuss each point on it. That way if I forget anything (as I'm prone to do, especially if in the moment I feel nervous or like it "is just a minor thing"), the doctor can still see that it's there.

    Also, would it be weird to ask my boyfriend to go with me (and be in the room with me, if they'll let him)? I'm not a shy person, really, but I tend to get nervous when asking for help, especially from people I don't know (which, in my mind, I'd be asking the doctor for help figuring out what's wrong with me) and I think having someone there for "moral support" would help me be...braver. I'd ask my mom, but she's got her own stuff she's dealing with (uterine cancer) and I don't want to burden her/put this on her.
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        03-11-2013, 08:45 PM
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    Trained
    Did anyone say just hand it to him/her? I must have missed that. I meant take it and use it as your basis for discussion.
         
        03-11-2013, 08:46 PM
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    Did anyone say just hand it to him/her? I must have missed that. I meant take it and use it as your basis for discussion.
    I think NorthernMama was just making sure that I understood what y'all meant (which I did).
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        03-11-2013, 09:44 PM
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    Trained
    Boyfriend question: well, that's entirely up to you and him. I think you should be able to do it by yourself, but that's just me. The other neat thing about having a 2nd person there is to help interpret what the doctor replies back with. If you do take him along, I would be inclined to ask him not to take an active part in the discussion unless you give him the "help me" look :) or if someone asks him something directly.

    Just before you leave, you could ask him if he has any input on it maybe. Because after you leave the office, it's harder to go back and ask right away.
         
        03-11-2013, 10:33 PM
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    I *can* do it by myself. It's just that I know I'd be more comfortable with someone I know there. Perfect example is when I tore my meniscus. My then-boyfriend (not the one I have now) came with me to my ortho appointment to determine what was wrong. He didn't say anything really (other than "Yeah, I think that hurts" when I nearly squeezed his hand off as the doc poked and prodded my knee lol), but he was there if I needed him.
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