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Getting the Most of Your Doctor Appointments

Doctors are busier than ever before. Most doctors simply don’t have the time that they would like to devote to each patient. As a patient, this can be very obvious when you go to your appointment. It can also be frustrating. It might seem as though you are being pushed through, or that your condition isn’t given the attention it deserves.

However, there are some things that you can do to maximize your time at the doctor’s office. Be keeping in mind the limited time and resources of medical professionals, you’ll be able to get the most out of your appointment. Here are a few tips…

Don’t Put On a Brave Face

Are you the type of person who doesn’t like to complain? Do you hate it when people make a fuss over you? Well, now is not the time to give in to that impulse. If there is ever a time that you need to be upfront and completely open about conditions and symptoms you are suffering, it is the time you get with doctors and nurses.

Be forthcoming about all of your symptoms and don’t downplay how you feel.

Don’t Take Medications That Mask Your Symptoms

If you have a headache or a sore throat, don’t take a pain reliever before your appointment. Likewise, if you are nauseous, don’t try to alleviate your symptoms before you go to the doctor. Why?

Let’s say you have a fever, but you took a fever reducer before your appointment. Then the doctors and nurses won’t be able to detect your symptoms and you might even fail to report something that is critical for a proper diagnosis. Let all of your symptoms show during your visit.

Prepare A List of Symptoms Beforehand

Come up with a list of concerns and symptoms prior to your visit, or even while you’re waiting for your appointment. Make the list concise and to the point. By doing so, you can be efficient when speaking to your nurses and doctors. You will save them time and eliminate the possibility of omitting something important.

Don’t Be Afraid To Ask Questions

Think of any questions that you would like to ask your doctor during your appointment. For example:

Am I contagious?

Will the medications your prescribing conflict with current medications I am taking?

When can I go back to work?

If my symptoms are still present in a week, should I return to your office?

Also, be sure to pay close attention to what your doctor tells you so you can follow up anything he or she says with questions you might have.

Remember that you have a limited amount of time with your nurses and doctors. Be as prepared as you can and use this time wisely. Make lists when possible and don’t be afraid to follow up with any questions about your medications or your diagnosis. Yes, medical professionals are busy people, but it is their job to help patients.
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