Arm Problems, Noninjury (cont.)
Preparing For Your Appointment
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.
You can help your doctor diagnose and treat your condition by being prepared to answer the following questions:
- What are your main symptoms?
- How long have you had your symptoms?
- When did you first notice your symptoms? What were you doing when the symptoms started?
- Have you had a problem like this before? When? How was it treated? Did the problem go away completely, or do you have ongoing problems?
- Does anyone else in your family have a problem like this?
- What activities, related to sports, work, or your lifestyle, make your symptoms better or worse?
- Do you think that activities related to your job or hobbies caused your symptoms?
- What home treatment have you tried? Did it help?
- What prescription and nonprescription medicines have you tried? Did they help?
- Do you use alcohol or illegal drugs to make your arm feel better?
- Do you have any health risks?