HOW TO TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT EPI
Don’t be embarrassed—your doctor has heard it all
Talking to your doctor about sensitive subjects can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. Not everyone will experience the same symptoms, but, as an example, saying things like “I have nasty gas” (no matter how silly or disgusting you think it sounds) is the only way for your doctor to understand what’s truly going on. The following are some examples that may describe your situation:
- I’m running out of excuses to avoid eating in public.
- Having diarrhea has become the norm for me.
- I’ve had times where I didn’t think I was going to make it to the bathroom.
If you’ve ever said or thought something similar, it might be time to talk to your doctor about your “stomach issues,” because it could really be EPI. Not sure how to start the conversation? Watch this video to see how other people with EPI approached the topic.
Opening Up To Your Doctor About EPI
RHONDA: When I started first talking to my doctor, I was so embarrassed and it was just, you know, who wants to tell him that stuff? “Yeah, Doc, I have nasty gas.” You know? It’s gross.
MEREDITH: It can be a little uncomfortable at first talking to a gastroenterologist about all the symptoms that come with EPI. Nobody really likes to talk about diarrhea or gas or gastrointestinal bloating.
RHONDA: But after a while, you know, I got comfortable. My doctor and I have a really good relationship. And so, you know, it’s no big deal.
MEREDITH: I have found that gastroenterologists are very understanding, and mine has been very easy to talk to.
JOHN: I told them everything right from the stool movements, how they looked, the composition.
ANDY: You’ve got to make it easy for him. And you just can’t go in and throw yourself at his mercy.
RHONDA: However disgusting you think it is, and however nasty you think it is, you have to tell your doctor everything in detail.
DEBRA: You have to be able to tell them everything, no matter how embarrassing or how silly or how insignificant you think it is.
JOHN: Talk to your doctor.
MEREDITH: Talk to your doctor.
MEL: Talk to your doctor about your symptoms.