How to Prepare for a Doctor Appointment
Reduce your stress at your next doctor appointment with the following tips!
"Our bodies communicate to us clearly and specifically, if we are willing to listen." ~ Shakti Gawain
Here are my best ideas to help you get the most out of your next visit to the doctor:
- Before your appointment, make sure you write down everything that you want to say. I would suggest writing out a list of all your symptoms, and make sure the doctor addresses each one. Especially make sure that if your symptoms are really side effects from your medication, that these are addressed.
- When you first start a new medication, listen carefully to your
body within the first 24-48 hours, to see if the medication has caused
any undesirable symptoms. The dose of your medication may need to be
adjusted. Always weigh the benefits versus the risks of all
medications. Always ask when you can expect to discontinue the
medication, and what are the long-term side effects. Ask your doctor what conditions are required to discontinue any medication.
- Before allowing the doctor to put you on blood pressure
medication or cholesterol medication, ask if you can try diet, exercise,
practices first. (Since the Body Window is my invention, prepare to
explain what you mean, if you use this term!) Usually they are very
willing to do this. If not, walk away and find another doctor.
- Ask for health education, or sources where you can find more
information on what consists of a healthy diet and how to start
exercising. Read the rest of this website and learn what your
is saying to you about your health. There are so many websites that
offer health information. A good physician’s office should have
references available for you. A better physician’s office will have
someone to do this counseling with you.
- Also write down any and all questions you have. Research the
issue(s) yourself on the Internet before you go to the
appointment, if you find your question list is long. Nothing replaces a well-educated healthcare consumer.
Make sure you get all your questions answered. If you need to make a
second doctor appointment to cover all your issues, do so. The doctor
will appreciate it and will be less hurried.
- Don’t forget to take your own advocate, if you are shy, timid or just learning how to be your own self-advocate.
Good luck on your next doctor appointment and see what happens if
you even try to discuss any emotional or spiritual issues surrounding
your illness with your doctor! I’d love to hear how it goes for you!
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