7 Tips for Talking With Your Family Medicine Doctor

Getting the best      possible care for you and your family means taking an active role in the proceedings. Finding a family doctor and knowing how to communicate with that medical professional and the office staff. We have 7 tips for talking with your family doctor that will improve your health care overall.

Talk to Your Doctor

This might sound like common sense, it is important to share any information you can with your doctor, even if it is embarrassing. Hospitals often give the following information during the exam:

• Any symptoms you are having
• Your health history. It is said that keeping a “health journal” is a good idea. This is something you can bring to your appointments because it is often difficult to remember everything you have done.
• Be prepared to share personal information such as feeling stressed or if you are going through a life-changing event.
• Bring any medications you are currently taking. That way you do not have to remember the names of medications and how much strength they contain.
• Any vitamins or supplements you take
• Any X-rays, tests results or medical records you have.

Ask Lots of Questions

There are no stupid questions when dealing with your health. Doctors say that they want to have too much information then having too little. Get in the habit of asking every time you do not understand something. Even have them written down before you go to your appointment.

Set Goals for the Conversation

Even before having a discussion with your doctor, it is said that it’s best to think about the outcome. Diagnosing and treating your ailment takes time so putting your concerns on the table and working with your doctor to determine a plan to address those concerns will be best.

Keep Information At Home

The information given to you by doctors and nurses should be kept where you can get to it if there is a question about your health. Your doctor is a good source of accurate information you can trust. If you are unsure of written instruction, bring along a tape recorder. Ask your doctor if it is okay to tape your appointment.

Follow Up, Follow Up, Follow Up

Many people often feel they are burdening a doctor when they want to share how things are going in their care. If you are confused or have forgotten information, it is okay to contact your doctor. It is said that waiting can only make your ailment worse if you are feeling pain.

Doctors Can’t Read Your Mind

Don’t assume your family doctor who has seen you more than a few times to know exactly what’s wrong all the time. Always be willing to share as much as you can, even after you have become very comfortable with the doctor.

Bring Someone to Appointment

It is always helpful to have a second set of ears. They may also be ale to think of questions or remember details you have forgotten.

Remember to check with your doctor before taking any treatment or medical remedy.

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