How to Prepare For a Visit to an ENT Specialist for a Deviated Septum
If you notice symptoms such as:
- Nose bleeds
- Recurring sinus infection
- Nasal congestion
- Facial pain
- Noisy breathing which sleeping
Or if you suspect that you suffer from a deviated septum, then you should set up an appointment with an ENT (ear nose and throat) specialist referred by your family doctor. The time which you get to spend with the doctor will be limited, thus it is important to prepare a list of questions which you need to ask. This will make the most optimum use of both the doctors and your time together.
Some Basic Questions to Ask
When you first visit your ENT specialist, these are some of the questions which you should ask:
- What is the likely cause of your symptoms or condition?
- Is there any other possible cause for your symptoms?
- What will the best course of action be for you?
- Are there any other alternatives to the primary approach?
- I have so and so other health conditions. How can I manage them all together?
- Will any restrictions be imposed which I need to follow?
- If you visit only your family doctor, then ask if you should visit a specialist!
Other than the above questions, feel free to clarify any doubts you have regarding your symptoms and condition. Ask as many questions as you can, this is important since only then can you make an informed decision regarding treatment.
Questions Which Your Doctor Will Ask
When you first visit the ENT specialist or your family doctor, he or she will ask you a number of questions to help in the diagnosis process. The questions which are frequently asked are:
- When did you first notice or experience the symptoms?
- Did you experience the symptoms continuously or only on certain occasions?
- The severity of the symptoms?
- Does any specific thing improve the symptoms faced by you?
- Any conditions or things which worsen your symptoms?
- Have you suffered any trauma to the nose due to sports, accidents or other mishaps?
- Have you undergone any previous nasal surgery?
Based on your answers, examination of your nose the specialist will suggest further treatment. If it is a deviated septum, your doctor will mostly suggest a septoplasty as a cure. Preparing for the above questions before hand will facilitate easy diagnosis and treatment. So try to answer the above questions before visiting the doctor.