Preparing For Your First Family Doctor Visit
Seeing a new doctor can be terrifying, but it doesn’t have to be. A basic plan can help you make the most of your appointment when you start working with a new doctor. The first visit to a new doctor can be a little overwhelming for many people. If you aren’t sure about what you need to do or what you even need, we create a list down below to help you make the most out of your first doctor’s appointment.
Make a list and prioritize your concerns
Before you even go to the doctor, make a list of what you want to discuss. For example, do you have a new symptom that you want to ask your doctor about? Do you have questions about a treatment plan you want to discuss? If you have more than a few items to discuss with them, put them in order and ask the most important ones first. Don’t put off the things that are really on your mind until the end of your appointment.
This means if you have a question regarding a chronic issue or something that you are just really curious about treatment-wise, ask your doctor first.
Take information with you to the doctor
There are some doctors that are going to suggest that you bring any prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and any herbal remedies or supplements with you to your appointment. Others are just going to recommend you bring a list of everything you take and the dose. You should also have your insurance cards ready and your medical records if you’re switching doctors.
Consider bringing someone with you
Sometimes it has helped to bring a family member or someone close with you to the doctor’s office with you. You should let this person know what you want to talk about with your doctor before your appointment. This way, they can remind you of anything you might forget while speaking to your doctor. They can also take notes for you and help you remember what the doctor said. A family member can also give a more detailed family medical history.
However, don’t let your companion take too strong of a role. Remember, the visit is between you and your doctor, and if you have any private concerns, you may need to have some alone time with the doctor. For the best results, you need to let whoever you bring with you know how they can be the most helpful to you.
Don’t be nervous
Starting a new relationship with the doctor can be nerve-racking. However, taking the first step in your health is finding the doctor that is going to work with you. Before you leave your house, make sure you have a list of everything you want to talk about, a list of your prescriptions and anything else you take plus the dose, and make sure you give yourself enough time to get the office without rushing.
By giving yourself enough time to the office and fill out any paperwork that you need, you can know not going to miss your appointment.