Telemedicine, also known as a digital doctor's visit, is used broadly by people today and can be a convenient option for people living with myasthenia gravis.
Telemedicine—an interactive doctor’s visit using a computer, tablet or smartphone—has been gaining traction and is being used more due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The option of meeting with a doctor virtually may be useful to people living with myasthenia gravis (MG) in many ways.
If you are interested in trying telemedicine, talk to your doctor to see if it’s an option for your myasthenia gravis management. Even if your doctor offers telemedicine, they may still want you to come into the office for some appointments, especially if it’s your first visit. It is important to keep in mind that telemedicine visits are not used for emergency-related health concerns.
While online doctor’s visits can be convenient for patients, including those living with MG, it might help to plan ahead. Here are some tips you may want to try for your next telemedicine visit.
- Overhead or natural lighting works well for video visits. Aim for a quiet, well-lit environment.
- The doctor may ask you to demonstrate your strength or flexibility. Try to allow for adequate space (4 to 6 feet) around you in case you’re asked to move around.
- Though not required, some find it useful to have the following items on hand.
- At the end of a virtual visit, just like an in-person visit, you may want to request a summary of your appointment. You may also want to review specific notes of your visit, if available. And check to see if your provider has information on a portal that you can access.