Questions to Ask Your Doctor

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Our visits tothe doctor can be, at times, frequent — depending on how many physicians we see— but overall, short. Knowing what questions to ask will help guide you tounderstanding your health and doctor better

Below are a list of 10 questions that you may want to ask atyour next doctors appointment. These questions aim to build trust and give youa sense of peace of mind when navigating certain journeys in life.

#1: What preventative care services are for me?

Preventative health services range from different healthscreenings including: physical / annual exams, blood tests, diabetes tests,cancer screenings, and immunizations. Talk to your doctor and see what optionsthey offer and what screenings they suggest you get.

#2: How doesmy family history affect me?

Knowing your family’s medical history can be life changing.It’s important to know of any diseases or conditions that may run in yourfamily. This will help the doctor have a general idea of what to possibly lookout for when it comes to diagnosing diseases and give suggestions on what youcan do to prevent them.

#3: How can Imanage my symptoms?

Visiting your doctor may not be enough when it comes torelieving any pain. Often times follow-up appointments can be weeks out and iffwhat you’re dealing with affects your daily life and the things you do, askyour doctor what you can do to relieve that pain until the next appointment.This may require speaking to another professional such as a nutritionist or ahome nurse — but your doctor should be able to point you in the rightdirection.

#4: How canmaking lifestyle changes improve my health?

Make sure you’re honest to your doctor about your lifestyle.This includes your what your diet is like, how much you exercise, your stresslevels, what your sleep patterns are and now frequent you drink alcohol orsmoke. Providing your doctor with this information will give them theopportunity to have a course of action for you.

#5: Why areyou prescribing this medication?

It’s not uncommon to not question the type of medication ourdoctors prescribe. For the most part we trust them, but there should be an openline of communication when it comes to the medicines we put inside our bodies.It helps us understand what we’re taking and why.

#6: How manypatients with this condition have you treated?

Asking your doctor about their previous experience withtreating others with your condition is a great way to ensure that you’regetting the best treatment you can and from someone you trust.

#7: Can wediscuss sexual/reproductive health concerns?

Sex can be a topic that we, for the most part, avoid while atthe doctors, but it’s an important one to discuss. Don’t be afraid to ask what certainmedications will do to certain body parts or, in return, ask if a certain issuethat is occurring is from the medication and not something else. Speaking upabout issues and concerns can help solve the problem and give you a betterunderstanding about your body and overall health.

#8: Am Iunderstood?

Communication is key when understanding your health. It isvery easy to get mixed up and confused between how quickly things can be duringan appointment and with the medical jargon thrown into the mix. When at yourappointment, make sure to ask your doctor if you’re being understood with whatyou’re asking about. And, repeat what you hear your doctor saying to clear upany miscommunication

#9: Can wetalk about how to plan for end-of-life care?

No one wants to think of end of life but it is an importanttopic to discuss with your doctor. It’s better to be prepared and can planahead while you’re healthy and can communicate your wishes, instead of waitinguntil it’s a little too late and it becomes harder to set these plans in place.Having this planned out can help ease the burden on other family membersfiguring out what to do when that time comes as well.

#10: Do Ineed a follow-up visit?

Depending on what tests or diagnostics were done during yourappointment, a follow-up might be required. Before leaving your appointment,make sure your next steps are clear.

Worried about doing this on your own? Bring afamily member or caregiver along to your appointment to help.