IC Daily Fact #17 – Tracking your tests and treatments is vital

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ICN Medical Records KitsIC patients should keep track of their diagnostic tests, treatments and physician appointments so that they can discuss their medical history with new physicians. There’s nothing worse than being asked “what tests did you have?” or “what treatments did you try?” only to respond “I don’t know.” Yes, you might have had a bladder instillation but don’t you think that you should know what was placed inside your bladder? Not all bladder instillations are the same!

How to do it? You can track your tests in a binder easily. Whether it be a simple urine culture or a hydrodistention with cystoscopy, record:

(1) the date of the test
(2) the procedure or test performed
(3) the name of the person recording the test
(4) the results
(5) save any documentation that discusses the results, such as pictures of the bladder, bladder capacity, the name of bacteria found, etc. etc.

Tracking treatments is also essential so that you know what works, what doesn’t work, side effects and, of course, the results. For every treatment, record:

(1) the name of the treatment or drug
(2) the name of the person who prescribed the treatment
(3) the dosage suggested and how long you are supposed to take it
(4) the date you started the medication
(5) the date you stopped using the medication
(6) why you stopped using the medication
(7) did any side effects occur?

If you want a more organized folder, you can download the ICN Medical Records file which has forms that you can photocopy to use for each appointment and treatment. Find it at: https://www.icnsales.com/icn-medical-records-file/

However you do it, you will appear much more responsible and prepared if you take the time to organize your records and history.

By | 2017-07-21T07:46:50-07:00 September 19th, 2012|Announcements, Daily Facts, IC Educational Materials|Comments Off on IC Daily Fact #17 – Tracking your tests and treatments is vital

About the Author:

My Google Profile+ Jill Osborne is the president and founder of the Interstitial Cystitis Network, a health education company dedicated to interstitial cystitis, bladder pain syndrome and other pelvic pain disorders. Representing the IC community, she has appeared radio and TV shows including the PBS “Healthy Body Healthy Mind” television series. She serves as editor of the IC Optimist quarterly magazine and has authored dozens of articles on IC. She spends the majority of her time developing new, internet based educational and support tools for IC patients, including the “Living with IC” video series currently on YouTube and the ICN Food List smartphone app!