PREPARE

getting ready for diagnostics

PREPARE

getting ready for diagnostics

There is a great deal you can do today to prepare for your very first visit with your doctor that will greatly expedite and improve the quality of your care throughout the diagnostic process. There are many questions that your doctor will ask you initially before moving on to coordinating your team of specialists. You can prepare now to answer all of those questions, thus moving you farther along the road to a diagnosis.

The Dercum Society has put together a six-page handbook to help you collect and organize all of the data your doctors will likely need to answer his or her questions as efficiently and accurately as possible. The booklet is available as a downloadable, easy-to-print PDF, which you can download here completely free of charge.

Dercum's Handbook

Use this handbook to start tracking vital health data. Prepare today to ensure an efficient tomorrow.

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Data to Track & Prepare

Data to Track & Prepare

Body Size & Lipomas

Your doctor will need to know how quickly your body has been growing and in what areas that growth is manifesting. The Dercum Society handbook includes instructions on where and how to measure your body, chart any new or changing lipomas, as well as a chart that you can use to organize the information you will collect each week. This is a vital component of a Dercum’s Disease diagnosis, because the disease causes the body to collect fat in very specific areas of the body. By measuring yourself every week throughout the diagnostic process, you will provide data that will prove invaluable to your doctor and team of specialists as they attempt to analyze and diagnose your condition.

Diet

Second, your diet will inevitably come into question. It is important that you keep a daily food diary, carefully chronicling both the food you eat and the quantity thereof, so that your doctors will be able to analyze how your body is reacting to your food intake. If your body is indeed suffering from Dercum’s Disease, this will provide a stark contrast between how your body is reacting to your diet, compared to how a normal body would react under the same circumstances. Not only will this help to prove if you are indeed gaining weight despite a healthy diet, but it could also help determine things such as potentially undiagnosed allergens.

Pain

Finally, the pain you experience will speak volumes to your doctor. The booklet contains a weekly chart that will help you to explain the pain you are experiencing and analyze it over a period of time. This will help your doctor to see any patterns that may present themselves that may not have been otherwise noticeable. These patterns will lend significant support throughout the diagnostic process, helping to eliminate other possible conditions and diseases. Also, it will help dramatically in finding a treatment plan best suited to your individual needs.

Honesty & Accuracy are Key

Honesty & Accuracy are Key

It is absolutely imperative that you answer each question in the handbook with complete honesty – if you provide inaccurate data, it could adversely affect your doctor’s ability to diagnose and treat your condition. If you are diligent in compiling information in this handbook, you will greatly improve the quality of your care and enable your doctors to more efficiently ease your suffering.

Download The Dercum’s Handbook Today

You can download the handbook for free by clicking here. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the handbook, which can be downloaded here for free.

If you prepare today, you will ensure that
your road to an accurate diagnosis will be
faster, more efficient, and as pain free as possible.