Doctor Discussion Guide
Open up about symptoms and medical history
Talking to your doctor about your symptoms—especially when it involves things like diarrhea, gassiness, and oily stools—might seem embarrassing, but your doctor needs to know this information in order to help you. Make sure to be as specific as possible, and let your doctor know about your medical history as well as any medications you’re taking.
Remember—you can ask your doctor questions, too
Your doctor may ask you questions about what you’re experiencing—but the conversation should go both ways. Asking your doctor questions and opening up will get you the answers you need.
Some questions you might want to ask include:
- Could something I’m eating cause my symptoms?
- Could medications or supplements be causing my symptoms?
- What could I do to improve my symptoms?
- 4Is it possible I have a gastrointestinal (GI) condition?
- 5Could it be EPI (exocrine pancreatic insufficiency)?
- 6What are my treatment options?
Use the Doctor Discussion Guide to prepare for your next appointment
Download this one-page discussion guide that was designed to help you communicate your symptoms to your doctor. When you talk to your doctor at your next appointment, remember to be as specific as possible. Sharing these details can help you get one step closer to diagnosis and treatment.