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Your appointment is a good chance to discuss your ongoing condition with your doctor and discuss better ways of managing it. Here’s how to make the most of every consult.
It’s important for your doctor to know about any changing symptoms. This will allow your doctor to better treat and manage your condition. Common signs include:
You can check and track your symptoms using a symptom tracker available at [insert link to symptom tracker page].
It can also help to talk about your symptoms with family and friends, as they may notice changes you have missed.
Keeping a list is important so all the doctors you see know which medicines you’re taking and which medical tests you’ve had. Don’t forget to include dosage of the medication, and any other supplements you take, like vitamins.
It can be hard to remember all the questions you want to ask your doctor. So, in the days leading up to the appointment, be prepared and make a list. These questions could be about side effects of medicines, ways to improve your condition, or practical questions about your care. Write everything down. It can also be helpful to bring a friend or family member to be part of the discussion. Don’t forget to write down the doctor’s advice. This is where a support person can help after the appointment in case you miss something.
Examples of things to talk to your doctor about include:
It’s worthwhile to work with your doctor to plan one to three things to work on before your next appointment. It could be a medical or a lifestyle improvement, but setting small goals can make a big difference, build confidence and give you something to aim for.
When you get home, look at your notes and update your family or friends about your appointment. The more they know about your health, the better they can support you.