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Tips for Your Next Doctors’ Visit

It’s time for your next doctor’s visit. You have an idea of what you are going to talk about but will see what the doctor says first. There are things you can do before your appointment to make the most of it. We have compiled a list of steps that you can take to make the most of your doctor’s visits.

Make a list of your concerns:

Surely there are things you want to discuss with your doctor. A new spot on your skin, feeling bloated, or even a new or worsening pain. Either way, take the time to sit down and come up with a list of things you want to discuss with your doctor. You are less likely to forget them if you write them down.

Write things down and ask questions:

Sometimes it is hard to remember what you and your doctor talk about after your appointment. Bring an extra sheet of paper and take notes as you’re talking with your doctor. Also, Ask questions to clarify what your doctor is saying. If you don’t understand you won’t be able to follow through with instructions.

Don’t be embarrassed:

Talking about certain topics can be challenging for some people. A change in bowel movements, a new odor coming from a weird place, or issues with intimacy. Chances are that your doctor has had this conversation before. It is important for them to know everything you are struggling with so that they can provide you with the best treatment for you.

Bring someone with you:

Some of the more challenging conversations can be best handled with support by your side. If you are struggling to have a conversation with your doctor, or know a challenging one is ahead, ask a family member or friend that you trust to come along with you. They can help provide context when you are struggling with explaining how you feel or support if the news is not what you want to hear.

Map out how to get to the office:

Prior to your visit to a new doctor, you should take the time to identify where the office is located. If you can, take a drive to the building to find out how to get there and if there are any obstacles (construction) blocking you from arriving on time. This information will allow you to plan accordingly.

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