The doctor will see you now
8/7/2015 1:47 PM
You’ve scheduled a doctor’s appointment and you’re waiting for it to arrive. Well, make the most of your time in the exam room by doing these simple things ahead of time.
Review your family health history. Are there any new conditions or diseases that have occurred in your family since your last visit? Family history might influence your risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes or cancer. Your doctor might want to assess your risk of developing those diseases or recommend things you can do to help prevent them.
Know which screenings or vaccinations you need. Have you had the recommended screening tests based on your age, general health, family history and lifestyle? When was your last tetanus shot or flu vaccine? Is it time for a pap test, mammogram, prostate cancer screening, colon cancer screening, sexually transmitted disease screening or eye exam?
Write down a full list of issues and questions to take with you. Have you noticed any body changes, including lumps or skin changes? Are you having pain, dizziness, fatigue, problems with urine or stool or menstrual cycle changes? Have your eating habits changed? How about depression, anxiety, trauma, distress or sleeping problems?
Subtle changes that have become normal to you might not be normal from your doctor’s perspective when combined with other issues. Note when changes began and how they affect your life.
Consider your future. Are there health issues that you want to address in the future? Are you thinking about having infertility treatment, losing weight or giving up smoking? Discuss all of these things with your provider so that you can make better decisions regarding your health and, ultimately, your happiness.