My best tips for getting the most out of your doctor's visit:
I like to have the mindset that I’m the employer who is hiring a consultant to help me manage my health. It takes doctors off of a pedestal and turns them into peers. After all, you’re paying them for a service. Make them earn their money and be accountable.
Arrive prepared for the appointment to be your own advocate:
Take a pen and a notebook so that you can take notes during the appointment. If the doctor will allow you to voice record the appointment I would do that too but ask their permission. This will allow you to listen to the appointment when you get home. If there’s jargon she uses that you’re not sure of it will allow you to google it. If not, try to take notes as though you’re in a lecture. The more you can educate yourself about your body and your health the better the outcome you’ll have from all of this. It’s super important to get your head in the game. You are your own best advocate.
Organize your medical history:
I would type up notes to print out and take with you to the appointment. This keeps you focused and allows you to run the appointment the way you see fit. Not all doctors like empowered patients. You many encounter sighing, eye-rolling, patronizing tones (yes, I’ve encountered it all). IGNORE it! It’s their own insecurity and ego at play. Always remember you’re the boss of your body. They are the hired consultant.
Having an agenda will help you maximize your time with the doctor:
Use your notebook to answer these 8 questions:
Always seek the guidance of your doctor or other qualified health professional with any questions you may have regarding your health or a medical condition. Never disregard the advice of a medical professional, or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.