Know what to ask for
Your doctor may have suggestions for next steps. Whether or not that’s the case, it’s a good idea to have specific outcomes to ask about. For example:
- Can you refer me to a specialist? A specialist can more quickly diagnose causes for chronic swelling, including less-common conditions.
- Is there anything more you can do for my swelling? Some types of in-office treatments, like specialized massage therapy, or fittings for prescription compression garments, can provide immediate relief regardless of, or while you wait for, your diagnosis.
- Is a pneumatic compression device a good option for me? Although normally prescribed for patients diagnosed with lymphedema or lipedema, at home treatments like PCDs are an easy and effective way to treat swelling in your own home and on your own schedule. Many insurance plans cover PCDs, and patients report extremely high satisfaction rates even before they get a concrete diagnosis.
By gathering data daily and learning more about how your condition fits different diagnosis and treatment profiles, you can make your doctor’s appointments more productive — and find the relief you need.