Prior to Treatment

Preparing for your Medical Appointment

Being confronted with a diagnosis of HE can be overwhelming. And because the condition can affect your memory, concentration and thinking abilities, it’s best to bring a family member or friend with you to your appointment. Keep in mind that sometimes the changes or symptoms of HE are so minimal that your friends or family might notice them before you do. So it’s good to have someone with you who can help fill in the gaps about your recent symptoms and medical history.

In order to make the best use of time with your healthcare provider, it helps to come well-prepared. To prepare, refer to this checklist:

  • Write down any symptoms you’ve been experiencing, as well as the symptoms others around you may have noticed.
  • Include issues related to your job performance or driving abilities, even if you don’t think they’re related to the problem.
  • Bring a list of all the medications you’re currently taking. Include vitamins, supplements, herbs or home remedies.
  • Write down all your questions so you don’t forget to ask something important.