In the first installment of this blog series we discussed the foundational questions you should be asking your doctor. Whether it is a simple question about diet or as serious as mental health, no question is silly to a doctor. As medical professionals, we are always willing and welcoming to questions about the human body. We may not have an answer right away, but we are always interested in finding or outsourcing to help you feel more at ease in your own skin. Here are a few more questions that you should ask your doctor.
Is There A Specialist?
As I, myself, am considered a specialist, I often see patients who have been referred to me by their physician or other specialist. When dealing with a targeted area of the body, your primary doctor may not have all of the answers. This is when it is important to ask for a referral to a specialist. For example, say you’ve been having joint pain and you and your primary physician have tried various treatments. By asking your doctor for a local orthopedic office is in no way going to offend them. Specialists exist for a reason and your primary doctor, first and foremost cares about your health.
A major part of diagnosing an illness or condition is testing. Whether it is blood tests, scans, or even stress tests, they all play a crucial role in properly identifying what is wrong. Asking questions about the tests and what you will be undergoing is just as important as knowing about the diagnosis. Although unlikely, some testing can result in side effects. Being prepared for the possibility of repercussions, is better than being blindsided by them after the fact. Having a clear understanding of the procedure or test will allow you to continue without hesitation or looming “what ifs”.
For those who are already on daily prescribed medicine, you are aware that without it, aspects of life can drastically change. We often find patients nervous or anxious to start a new medication for a diagnosed illness or condition. This being said, getting answers to all of your questions can help alleviate some of the concerns and stress about starting the new medicine. Finding out side effects, ways to help the medicine work more efficiently, and factors that can harm your healing process are all areas that should be touched upon with your doctor.
A visit to the doctor is considered scary for many. However, coming prepared with informative questions will always help put a patient at ease. There is never a bad question when it comes to your health and well-being!