Over the last few weeks we’ve interviewed a few of the doctors around here at HealthJoy. We’ve compiled a list of the top things that they wish their patients would know before seeing them.
- Be Honest
Trying to conceal something from your doctor can only hurt. You’re not going to pull a fast one on an ear, nose, and throat specialist who can see that you’ve been using Q-tips in your ears (a big no-no). Telling your doctor will only make the process easier, faster, and more effective in making you feel better. The more information your doctor has, the better they can treat you.
- Don’t Be Embarrassed, Tell Physicians What You Are Worried About
A doctor’s job is to help you feel better, so be upfront and tell your physician your biggest concern. You can rest assured that whatever the issue is, the physician has probably seen it twice already that week. The last thing a doctor wants to do is spend half the examination time trying to figure out what is bothering you. Tell them your problems right away so you can spend more of your time on the issue.
- Your Weight Seriously Impacts Your Health
Everyone recognizes that weight is a touchy subject, but obesity is also a precondition for a huge array of health problems. If you are overweight, shedding relatively few pounds can have huge benefits for your health. Losing weight can help lower blood pressure, reduce pain and stress on joints, and reduce the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Losing weight will even help in lesser known areas like the ease of performing diagnostic tests and surgery.
- Know Your Symptom History Before Going Into The Office
To maximize the time your physician can spend treating you, know your list of symptoms before you talk with the doctor. Preparation will also ensure you include all of the pertinent information and communicate your symptoms most effectively.
- Ask Questions
At the end of the day, you see a physician because you want to feel better. An important part of that process is understanding what the doctor tells you so you can act on their advice and feel not just physically but emotionally better. Asking questions will also make sure that your doctor’s advice makes sense for your specific needs. Each person and circumstance is different, so asking personal questions will provide the best chance of receiving the most effective treatment for you.
- Prescriptions Are Not That Straight-Forward
Patients have been ingrained with the idea that they need a prescription to be treated properly, but nonmedical treatments often work as well as, if not better, than pills. You shouldn’t be disappointed if your doctor doesn’t prescribe medication, and don’t just expect your doctor to renew a previous prescription.
- Healthcare Professionals Have To Be Direct
Healthcare professionals may at times come off as direct, but they are trying to help as many people as they can in the limited amount of time they have. People in healthcare have to develop not only a toughness to deal with all that they experience, but also a comfortability with topics that most of us don’t like to discuss. Questions that may seem overly direct may be necessary for a physician to ask in order to help treat you.
So next time you have an appointment scheduled with your doctor, be sure to review this list of things doctors wish You knew and prepare accordingly, to save time and get the most out of your visit.