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Talking to Your Doctor about Nutritional Anemia
General Tips for Gathering Information
- Bring someone else with you. It helps to have another person hear what is said and think of questions to ask.
- Write your questions ahead of time, so you don't forget them.
- Write down the answers you get, and make sure you understand what you are hearing. Ask for clarification, if necessary.
- Don't be afraid to ask your questions or ask where you can find more information about what you are discussing. You have a right to know.
Specific Questions to Ask Your Doctor
- What is my risk of developing anemia?
- What can I do to decrease that risk?
- Am I getting adequate nutrition in my diet?
- Is my diet appropriate for my weight and lifestyle?
- Should I be checked for anemia?
- What are my treatment options?
- What are the relative risks of the various options?
- Is a transfusion necessary, or is there a safer alternative?
- If I need medication, how long should I take this medication?
- Will the medication interact with anything else I am taking?
- What are the side effects?
- How often should I check back with you?
- Can I treat my anemia through dietary changes?
- Do I need to alter my diet or other lifestyle habits?
- Are there any activities I should avoid?
- Will anemia affect my quality of life? Temporarily or permanently?
- How long will I have to live with any restrictions?
- Reviewer: Marcin Chwistek, MD
- Review Date: 09/2016
- Update Date: 09/17/2014