How to Get the Most Out of Your Doctor’s Appointment
Doctors are the experts we go to in our times of weakness. When we can’t or don’t know how to take care of ourselves, the doctor usually has the answer.
But the secret to a good trip to the doctor’s is in how you communicate with them. A blood test or X-ray can only show so much: explaining just how you feel is the key, and it’s central to these tips for getting the most out of your doctor’s appointment.
DO SOME RESEARCH FIRST
The most effective way to get the right diagnosis and treatment is to know the right questions to ask. Getting familiar with the medical language of your concern can help you understand exactly what the doctor is saying.
DON’T BE AFRAID TO SAY WHAT YOU THINK
While doctors are paid experts, they only see you for a few minutes at a time and don’t have to live in your body around the clock. Trust your judgment if you think the doctor doesn’t fully understand how you feel. You are your own biggest advocate in the exam room.
FIND THE RIGHT DOCTOR FOR YOU
Both medically and personally, the right doctor can go a long way in achieving the best results. Even if the expense ends up being higher, finding a specialist that you trust could be essential in getting your concerns taken care of. And good bedside manner can make any visit that much more pleasant.
GET A SECOND OPINION
If you feel like something is definitely wrong with you, but your doctor can’t seem to figure it out, it’s always good to get another opinion. That’s especially true if you visit a specialist for a second opinion: they often have the experience and expertise to see something that a general practitioner might not.
By following these steps, your doctor’s visit will go much more smoothly and you’ll feel like your voice was heard.