Follow up – Keep Control of Your Illness

Your treatment is a partnership between YOU, your doctor, and your medicine/treatments. Follow-up is your responsibility.

Because treatment of mycobacteria usually requires multiple medicines, it is very important that you schedule regular follow-up visits with your doctor to monitor your condition. It is best to schedule the next visit at the end of each visit.

Even if your follow-up visits are pre-scheduled, it is your responsibility to contact your doctor when something changes. He or she will be able to decide whether new testing is warranted to determine whether or not your treatment plan should be modified.

If you do your part, the doctor can determine when to have your sputum analyzed and when to get an updated CT scan to determine if the course or severity of disease has changed. This is the most important reason for timely and early follow-up. It allows your doctor to work in partnership with you to keep control of your illness.

Listen to your body and communicate. Keeping a log of your symptoms, reactions to various medicines and anything else that you observe about your condition will help your doctor treat your illness effectively.

Never feel foolish about discussing any aspect of your illness and calling or seeing your doctor. Your observations may be medically significant so don’t keep it a secret—let your doctor decide.

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