Once you are with your doctor or another healthcare professional, be ready to have a discussion. Open communication is a two-way process. The information you give about yourself, your concerns and your situation is important. Speak up and let your doctor know about your thoughts and concerns. They are trained to listen and will not judge or criticize you.
You might find it helpful to take notes during your visit so that you can go over them later at home. Things that you should mention to your doctor include:
- your symptoms – describe what they are and how long you’ve been having them
- your concerns or things that you think are unusual about your health – don’t assume it is normal
- any recent medical appointments or treatments (such as visits to emergency or to other doctors or healthcare professionals)
- all the medications that you have recently taken or are currently taking – this includes over-the-counter medicines, as well as vitamins, herbal and other nutritional supplements.