Health is happening everywhere, every day, all around us. Oftentimes, the best place to think and reflect on our health is when we’re sitting in our doctor’s office.
One person who thinks about your health, maybe even more than you do, is your doctor. Dr. Karen Polsky, who is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, has the following list that can help you make the most of your next doctor visit.
9 Things Your Doctor Wants You to Know
- Bring a friend! When you’re visiting the doctor for a specific medical issue, it can be a good idea to come with a friend or family member.
- Make a list! Bring a list of questions or issues to address (but don’t make it too long).
- Be patient. If you are waiting, it is because somebody else had a serious medical condition.
- Know your meds. When asked for your medications, we’d like to know all of your medications (that includes vitamins and herbal supplements).
- Be honest. We really do keep everything confidential. Information, even if its embarrassing, could be important to your care.
- Talk it out. It’s okay to have a discussion on treatment options and choices.
- Keep in touch. Keep us posted on how your treatment plan is working. We don’t know you’re aren’t feeling better unless you let us know!
- Knowledge is power. It’s okay for your doctor to look things up.
- It’s not usually the worst case scenario. We don’t mind if you research before coming in. But, just because WebMD says it, it might not be true!
Plus, Dr. Polsky has a few bonus tidbits for you!
- Turn your head a cough….so that you don’t cough on us.
- You can ask which way you’re supposed to put your robe on.
- It’s ok to get a second opinion.
- Your doctor cares!
Hopefully, this list helps you to have a smoother office visit the next time you have to go to the doctor.