Who of us has not left the doctor’s office and thought about all of the questions we meant to ask? It is an easy thing to do and this is why it helps to take some time to prepare before your next appointment. Here are some simple steps you can do to ensure this does not happen again.
First, you should stop and think about all of the concerns and questions you may have before you leave home. Think back to your last doctor visit and make a note if anything has changed in your health since then. Include any symptoms you are experiencing such as aches, pains, lack of sleep, weight loss or gain, and any mood changes. Be specific with your symptoms as to how often they occur and the severity. Write down everything you can think of that is relevant to these concerns.
Now go over all the medications you are currently taking and write down the names and the dosage. Some doctors will even ask that you bring all of your medications in their containers so they can go over them. You should include any over-the-counter drugs or herbal remedies along with vitamins and eye drops. Be sure to list any allergies to drugs that you may have.
Add to your list any other questions that have not been addressed up to this point. Mention any life changes you may have had since your last visit and be ready to answer questions about your diet, are you still driving, physical exercise, social activities, etc.
Remember this is your health and take ownership. You and your doctor are a team working together to make sure you get the best medical care. Do not hesitate to ask for the reassurance and guidance you need to make the best decisions regarding your medical treatment.
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