a dialog with your doctor is an important part of your health. Below is a sample
list of things to do during your visit to the doctor. The list will help you have a
good dialog with your doctor.
your doctor help you:
- Talk about
what worries you most. Be clear and get straight to the point. Be
specific. Tell your doctor exactly what is going on. Describe the symptoms you
have and how long you have had them.
the truth. Your doctor needs to know what you really eat, exactly how much you
exercise, and whether you drink, smoke, or use drugs.
questions. If you doctor says something you don't understand, ask him to explain
it again. Bring a list with you to help you remember which questions go ask. List of questions to ask your doctor. Get
the facts about your treatment options. If your doctor suggests you have a test
or see another doctor, ask why. Speak
up. If something bothers you, tell your doctor what it is.
a pen and paper to the doctor's office. Write down what you want to remember or
need to do.
- Tell your doctor which medicines, herbs, or alternative treatments you are taking. This is important because medicines may interact negatively with each other.
- If necessary, schedule a follow-up appointment.
- Do not be afraid to seek a 2nd or 3rd opinion.