Kidney Infection – Doctor’s Appointment
If you notice any symptoms of kidney infection, make sure you organize an appointment with your GP or doctor and have them look and determine your symptoms. If let say the doctor has acknowledge that the infection has already spread up to the kidneys, you may then be referred to a specialist doctor whom will be able to treat your urinary and kidney infection.
Also normally appointment with your doctor can be quite brief and short, and you may have much questions that linger in your mind that need answer, it is best that before you visit your doctor to make a list of questions that you want to clarify.
What you really can do
- Always aware of any restrictions upon pre-appointment. When ypu arrange a time to visit your doctor, make sure to ask if there’s anything that you should not be doing in advance such as dieting etc.
- Note down your symptoms, which may include any that doesn’t seem to relate to kidney infection but need clarification.
- Write down your important recent changes, such as stress or recent change of lifestyles.
- List all medications you used, which may include supplements or vitamins you’re taking when you notice the symptoms.
- Bring your partner/friend/family member. The reason is sometimes it’s hard for you to absorb all the detail information provided and that person you bring along may help you remember those important information.
- Make a list of what you are going to ask your doctor on that day.
The time slot available to visit your doctor may be limited, so it is wise to prepare a list of questionnaires that you want to ask. Always remember to list what you’re going to ask with the most important first and follow by the less important questions.
Such questions for kidney infections may include:
- What may have cause your kidney infection
- Do you need to run through some tests?
- Any recommended treatments?
- Any side effects of the mentioned treatments?
- Do you need to be hospitalize?
- How do you know if your kidney infection has been cured?
- Do you require follow up treatment or test to determine if the infection has been treated successfully?
- How can you prevent the infections of your kidney in future?
- Any restrictions you need to be aware of?
- That you may have other health condition, is there any impact or how you can manage them?
- Is there any alternative medicine besides the one prescribed to you?
- Any informational material such as brochures or website you can visit and learn more?
The appointment time between you and your doctor may allow you to ask more questions regarding to the current situation. Feel free to ask additional questions if time allow.
Your doctor will ask numerous questions regarding you. Being prepare to answer them will allow you more time to cover other ground you may want to know. Your doctor would normally ask:
- When was the first time you ever notice the symptoms?
- Is your symptoms constant or on occasional basis?
- How would you describe the severity of your symptoms?
- Any improvement you may experience?
- Any criteria which may worsen the symptoms?