It would be a medical miracle if doctors could sit down with every patient, learning all about their personal and family medical histories, asking the sincere and relationship-building questions such as: What are you looking for in a doctor? Are you comfortable talking about your medical history? Why did you leave and/or never visit your last doctor? The truth: Patients are too plentiful, time is too tight and doctors must work efficiently, effectively and quickly.
So, unless you’re a part of the ultra-rich with personal on-call physicians (it’s nice to dream), you have to make the most of each doctor’s visit by being prepared, knowing what to expect and following-up like your health depends on it…because it does.
Before You Visit the Doctor
It's important to think about how you feel and make sure you can explain your main concerns prior to the visit. You should be able to describe your symptoms, including when you first experienced them. If you don't think you can talk about your symptoms or describe them well, write them down or bring a trusted friend or family member to help you express yourself and to provide support.
Here are few things you can expect your doctor to ask, be prepared for your appointment by being able to answer. You should: