At Your Appointment

Dialysis Appointment Guide

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Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • Please describe the symptoms and issues you’re having that led you to schedule this online appointment. Start at the beginning of this current episode and tell me how and when things have changed and progressed.
  • What challenges are you having caring for your access site?
  • How well are you sleeping?
  • How is your appetite and energy level?
  • Are you having problems with itching or muscle cramps?
  • What kind of emotional and social support do you have to help you deal with dialysis?
  • Do you have feelings of sadness, worthlessness, or loss of interest in hobbies, activities or past-times?
  • What symptoms are you experiencing? Do you have nausea, fatigue or swelling?
  • When was your last kidney function test?
  • What other medical conditions do you have?
  • What other surgeries have you had, including catheter-based procedures?
  • Have you ever been evaluated for dialysis before?
  • Are you ready to start dialysis?
  • What side effects are you noticing with your medications?
  • What is your main concern about dialysis? Do you know about the different types of dialysis?
  • What new symptoms are you experiencing?
  • What is my level of kidney damage?
  • Is my kidney damage getting worse?
  • What kind of dialysis do you recommend for me?
  • What is involved in preparing for this type of dialysis? What is involved in a typical dialysis session?
  • Am I a candidate for kidney transplant?
  • What is involved in a typical dialysis session?
  • How much time does a session take?
  • What will be my weekly dialysis schedule?
  • How will I feel during and after dialysis sessions?
  • How soon will I start to feel better after dialysis?
  • What are the warning signs of a potential problem? How should I contact you?
  • Could a different medicine help me better or have fewer side effects?
  • Are my new or different symptoms related to dialysis?
  • Is dialysis my only option or am I a candidate for kidney transplant?
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Dialysis
Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS
Last Review Date: 2018 Dec 27
THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.
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