Prep Before Your Doctor's VisitA visit to the doctor, be it for a routine checkup or to check into a more serious issue, is not to be taken lightly. To ensure that you get the most out of your appointment, it could help to imagine that you’re being interviewed about what you’d like to discuss with your practitioner.
Think about the “Five Ws”
eDoc America says you should be ready to provide a detailed report of what’s going on. Doctors may ask things like: Where does it hurt? What makes it worse (or better)? When did it start? Why do you think it developed? Spending some time thinking about the answers to these questions before your visit can help to make sure you don’t forget to relay important information to the doctor or nurse.
Another thing to share with your doctor is your or your family’s medical history. If you’re facing a health problem that you’ve dealt with before, be sure to let him know that. If the problem is one other members of your family have experienced, disclose that information as well.
Finally, be sure to let your doctor know of any medicines you are currently taking. When all the above information has been considered by your practitioner, it allows him or her the biggest health picture possible, therefore offering you the best chance at achieving your best possible health results.