You live with your body every day…
Your health professional can have every medical degree known to man but he doesn’t live in your skin…
What’s normal for you may not be normal for someone else.
In order to properly treat you, the professional you trust with your medical care has to know what you’re feeling and the more detail you can provide, the better.
The bottom line is, you have to get involved in your own care if you want any chance of a good outcome.
Plan Now For Your Next Visit
Regardless of whether you’re seeing a health professional that you’ve seen before or if it’s a first time visit, the more information you can provide about your current symptoms, the better. Don’t expect to just walk into the office and “wing it” and get the best possible outcome.
Be honest in the information you provide to your health professional. If you don’t provide accurate information, there is no way he can accurately diagnose and treat whatever problems you’re having.
Plan to provide the following information:
- The reason for your current visit – what are you worried about? What changes have you noticed in your body? What are your symptoms? When did they start?
- Any allergies you have – that includes your allergies to medications, foods or anything else you’ve had an adverse reaction to.
- Make a list of all medications you currently take – both prescribed and over the counter. Be sure to include vitamins, supplements and herbs.
- Be honest about your caffeine and/or alcohol consumption – think about how much coffee, alcohol or even energy drinks you consume in an average day.
- Tell your health professional if you smoke, how much you smoke or if you use smokeless tobacco. Any of these habits can have a significant impact on diagnosing conditions accurately.
Stay tuned for more suggestions on taking control of your medical care to get the results you want.