Whether you go to a traditional MD and have 7-10 minutes, or an alternative-style doctor and have an hour, it’s best to be prepared to get the most out of your time. Read on to learn how to prepare for your doctor’s appointment and also how to make the most out of your appointment.
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After being diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, an Autoimmune Disease, I went to an Endocrinologist. For 5 years, I went once every 3 months, my appointment was 5 minutes max, and he treated me with the wrong medicine. I finally came to my senses and fired him.
It was then that I started to explore different practitioners and different treatment options. Navigating the sea of doctors and degrees was difficult enough, but adding functional and alternative medicine practitioners in the mix made it even more confusing.
How to Prepare for Your Appointment
Prepare for the length of time and information collected. Ask how long the appointment will be, what information they will need from you, and plan accordingly. If the appointment time is short, you will need to prioritize your questions and be succinct. If it’s longer, you will have more time to be thorough with your doctor.
Ensure you have your complete medical history, current medication and supplements, previous lab work, and additional doctor’s information. You can learn more about How to Organize Your Medical Files and Why It’s Important.
List your expectations and goals for the appointment. At the end of the appointment, what do you want to know? What do you want to accomplish?
List your symptoms and concerns. It’s best to keep a record or journal for several weeks outlining your symptoms, food, routines, triggers, etc.
Write down all of the questions you want to be answered. Prioritize them in order, in case you run out of time.
How to Make the Most Out of Your Appointment
Be prepared, as described above.
Do your own research. Beware of Dr. Google, but educate yourself enough to be empowered. You want to know enough to have an educated conversation with your doctor and be able to ask the right questions.
Be completely honest and don’t keep secrets. Your doctor has heard it all. They want to hear EVERYTHING because the more information they have about your condition and symptoms, the better they can diagnose and help you. Don’t be embarrassed, especially when it comes to bodily functions or weird rashes.
Take notes and take along a battle buddy.
Ask about follow-up and next steps:
- What are my next steps?
- How can I reach you if I have additional questions?
- Where can I access my labs and how do I follow up with their interpretation?
Your Ideal Doctor’s Appointment
What do you want in your ideal doctor’s appointment? How do you want to feel? It should be something close to the following:
I feel heard.
My doctor has my best interest.
My doctor understands me.
We are a team.
My doctor is committed to finding the root cause.
I have hope.
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