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Asking the right questions

Some people don’t like going to the doctor. But even those who don’t mind, can feel a little anxious about the visit. Why? Well, for starters, you may not be feeling your best. That’s why you’re going in the first place. You may be worried about your health and not paying much attention to what is being said.

Also doctors have a language of their own. They use words we’ve never heard before, and have no idea what they mean. But sometimes we don’t let them know we don’t understand, and we leave the office with more questions than we had when we got there.

If you’re going to the doctor, it’s either because you’re due for your checkup or you believe there’s something wrong with you. If you have a problem, you want to know what it is and how to deal with it.

Here are some tips to help you prepare for your next doctor’s visit.

On a sheet, write down the names of all your medicines (include vitamins and supplements) and how often you take them. Also write down the dosage (mgs) next to each medicine.

On another page, write out these three questions:

  • What is my main problem?
  • What do I need to do?
  • Why is it important for me to do this?

Write down the answers the doctor gives you.

If you still don’t understand the answers, have your doctor or the nurse write them down for you. And have them explain them in a way you can understand.

It may also be a good idea to take someone with you who might help you remember. Or you might want to write down the information.

Sources: Ask Me 3