Some people get nervous around doctors, which is entirely normal because they can determine whether you are ill or not; and nobody wants to be ill. Doctors may even ask you a list of questions you don’t know, remember or have ever thought of. You can make the most of your medical visit by preparing for the appointment. It’s like preparing for an interview, the answers you give will be beneficial for both your doctor and for you. There are 5 essential questions your doctor will ask you and if he doesn’t mention them anyways.
What are your symptoms and when did they start?
Here you should speak about each one separately and describe them in a timeline. For example, you had nausea 3 days ago and a stomach ache that started yesterday. Why is this necessary? It helps a doctor diagnose your condition more efficiently. Some diseases have many symptoms, but they present themselves at different times as the condition develops. Some diseases may have even the same symptoms, but they happen at different rates.
Be prepared to discuss your family’s medical history
Some medical conditions are inherited and a doctor will ask you about your family members to establish if you might be susceptible to the disease. Some examples are: diabetes, hypertension, cancer, heart disease and mental diseases. You should know your immediate family members conditions such as: your parents, grandparents and siblings.
If you have a current health condition and/or are taking any medication
Some medications may interfere with others, so be sure to tell your doctor what you take daily and that includes vitamins and herbal supplements. Also, certain medications can’t be prescribed if you have for example, a heart condition, genetic disorder or allergies.
You must tell your doctor if you are a smoker and how many times a week or month you drink alcohol. Mention any current diet you’re on and if you exercise.
Talk about symptoms that you may think are not relevant to your current condition
For example, you have a cold and also a rash on your legs. You might think they’re not related and you’re just consulting for your cold. However, the rash may be relevant to your condition and the diagnosis you’ll receive will be different. So, be sure to mention anything out of the ordinary even if you don’t see a connection.
With this guide your appointment with your doctor will be more beneficial. Remember to use a timeline to describe your symptoms, know your family’s medical history, and inform your doctor of current medications and conditions. If your doctor doesn’t ask these questions, mention them anyways.