With the current state of medical care, doctor visits can be frustrating — you’re lucky if you get 5 minutes of one-on-one time with your physician. This checklist will help you keep track of your medical questions and the doctor’s answers — as well as any treatments, test results, or prescriptions.
make a list of symptoms or complaints — be as specific as possible
make a list of any medications you are currently taking
include over-the-counter meds, nutritional supplements, and herbal remedies
if you have seen a doctor before for this problem, take the record with you
create a family history of medical issues experienced by close relatives
create a medical history of procedures, illnesses, surgeries, and treatments
all of this will help your doctor treat you more efficiently and effectively
if you have researched possible treatment options, print out or copy information abut each
state your main problem first
describe your symptoms — be as specific as possible
include past diagnoses, treatments that worked or didn’t work, etc.
discuss any possible treatment options you have researched and want advice on
describe your experiences with the same problem
ask for the exact name of the medication, test, or procedure
find out why you need it — what exactly is this procedure affecting in your body?
learn what the risks are — know what side effects to look for
find out if there are any alternatives — natural, homeopathic, less invasive
ask what happens if you do nothing
find out how to properly take the medication — with food, without, activity limitations
ask how to prepare for the test or procedure
do I need to return for another visit?
can I phone in for test results?
what danger signs should I look for?
when do I need to report back about my condition?
what else do I need to know?
exactly what’s wrong with you
what might happen next
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Ramona Creel is an award-winning 15-year veteran organizer and member of the National Association Of Professional Organizers. As well as having birthed “The A-To-Z Of Getting Organized,” Ramona is also the author of “The Professional Organizer’s Bible: A Slightly Irreverent And Completely Unorthodox Guide For Turning Clutter Into A Career”—and the creator of more than 200 “quick-start” business tools and templates for use by productivity professionals. She writes seven different blogs, has worked with hundreds of clients, and has delivered scores of presentations on getting organized. Ramona resides on the roads of America as a full-time RVer—living and working in a 29-foot Airstream. Learn more at and RamonaCreel.com.
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