What information does my doctor need?Posted: December 14, 2016, 11:12AM
Remember - we need to be health care partners. This means talking to your doctor about how you feel physically, emotionally and mentally.
Share any symptoms. This may include pain, fever, lumps, unexplained weight loss or gain, or sleeping changes. Be clear and be concise. Your description will help your doctor to identify problems. Be able to tell your doctor when symptoms started, when they happen, how long symptoms last, how often they occur, are they getting worse or better, and if they interfere with your activities of daily living.
Provide information on all your medications. Do you take over-the-counter meds (non-prescription)? What are they? Include herbal remedies, essential oils and supplements. Don't forget to include eye drops, laxatives, and creams. How often do you take or use them? Have you had any reactions? Have you experienced drug allergies? Your doctor will need the name and phone number of your pharmacy.
Talk to your doctor about your habits. What do you eat? What activities do you enjoy? Do you exercise? Do you use tobacco products or drink? Be honest about your habits. It will help your doctor understand your medical conditions more fully, and also will help in recommending the best treatment choices for you.
Is anything else going on in your life? Your doctor may ask questions about how your life is going. Be honest and open. Let your doctor know about any major life change such as deaths or divorce.
Tell your doctor if you feel rushed, worried or uncomfortable with your medical visit.
Your doctor may not be able to answer all your questions but they may help you find information you need or refer you to a specialist. If your doctor regularly brushes off your questions or doesn't respond to your concerns, you may want to consider another physician.