Preparing for your appointmentBy Mayo Clinic staff
Appointments can be brief, so it's good to be well prepared. Write down any signs and symptoms you're experiencing — even if they seem minor, such as low-grade fever or fatigue. You should also write down any questions you have for your doctor.
Preparing a list of questions for your doctor will help you make the most of your time together. For CMV, some basic questions to ask your doctor include:
- What is likely causing my symptoms or condition?
- Other than the most likely cause, what are other possible causes for my symptoms or condition?
- What kinds of tests do I need?
- Is my condition likely temporary or chronic?
- What is the best course of action?
- Will I infect others?
- What are the alternatives to the primary approach you're suggesting?
- I have other health conditions. How can I best manage them together?
- Are there any restrictions that I need to follow?
- Should I see a specialist?
- Is there a generic alternative to the medicine you're prescribing?
- Are there any brochures or other printed material that I can take home with me? What websites do you recommend?
Don't hesitate to ask other questions that occur to you.
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor will ask you a number of questions, such as:
- How long have you been experiencing your symptoms?
- Do you work or live with young children?
- Have you had a blood transfusion or organ transplant in recent months?
- Do you have a medical condition that compromises your immune system, such as HIV or AIDS?
- Are you currently receiving chemotherapy?
- Do you practice safe sex?
- Are you pregnant or breast-feeding?
In addition, if you think you have been exposed during pregnancy:
- When do you think you may have been exposed?
- Have you had any symptoms of the condition?
- Have you ever been tested for CMV before?
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