Talking to Your Doctor About Your Health
by Mary Calvagna, MS
Finding out you have a medical condition can be scary. Part of what is frightening are all the unkowns—there may be many things that you do not know or do not understand. But, by asking your doctor questions, you can gain a better understanding of what to expect.
Being prepared before you get to the doctor's office will help ensure that your questions get answered. Here are some general tips to get you ready:
Here are some sample questions to get you started:
About Your Condition
About Your Treatment
About Your Tests
If You Do Not Understand Your Doctor's Answers
Depending on your condition, there may be many other questions that you will want to and need to ask. Do not be afraid to speak up, ask questions, and insist on answers—even when the answer is "We do not know." Remember, your doctor is your partner in healthcare and you both have the same goal, returning you to optimum health.
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