Do you enjoy going to the doctor? They might be a few who do, and a handful who are mostly ambivalent about it. However, for most of us, a visit to the doctor indicates that we are out of sorts, and who enjoys that? Some people so dislike a trip to the doctor that they flat out refuse to go, even when it is clearly in their best interests to do so.
OK, you need to go to the doctor and you have decided to do it. Chances are you will only get about 10-15 minutes for your appointment, so it is a good idea to prepare beforehand.
Here are some ways in which you can prepare in advance for an appointment and maximize its effectiveness.
Make a List of What is Wrong
If you are feeling bad, it can be difficult to think and express yourself clearly. Thus, it’s a good idea to prepare a list of your symptoms to take with you. Write down everything you can think of, along with approximate dates and times. Be as thorough as possible—if you’re not careful, you could end up leaving off something important that could influence the treatment approach your doctor takes.
Don’t Forget Pre-Appointment Tests
Sometimes doctors will ask patients to have certain tests performed before they come in for the appointment. These can help provide clues that determine their course of action. Make sure to also have them done when the doctor says so. This provides enough time for the results to arrive at the office.
Do Some Research
Ultimately, it is your doctor who has the background to determine just what is ailing you. However, you can also do some research on your own before coming in. That can provide some idea of what could be the issue. Be warned, however, that there is a lot of inaccurate information out there, so don’t take your own findings as the final word.