ITP: Questions to Ask Your Doctor

By Stacey Feintuch

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Having a blood disease like ITP means you look fine to the outside world. Meanwhile, you may find yourself obsessing over your platelet count level or feeling anxious about how to avoid a bleeding injury. An open and honest dialogue with your doctor can help you become more comfortable with your condition and treatment.

Coming up with a list of questions before your scheduled visit can help you make the most out of your appointment. Here are some questions you may want to ask:

  • How slowly or quickly is my ITP progressing?
  • What are some treatments that might work for me?
  • What are the side effects for any medications I'm taking?
  • What are the side effects for any supplements I'm taking?
  • If I take [x] treatment, when can I expect my symptoms to improve? How will I know?
  • Should I look into alternative therapies to complement my treatment plan?
  • Can anything help me not be so fatigued?
  • How will I know if I need to make changes to my treatment plan?
  • What kinds of exercises do you suggest?
  • What can I do each day to take better care of myself?
  • What should I be eating and what foods should I avoid?
  • What type of follow-up tests will I receive and how often?
  • What symptoms should prompt me to call you?
  • When should I come back for my next checkup?
  • Where can I learn more about ITP?
Published July 2011

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ITP Symptoms
ITP Diagnosis
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