Preparing for your doctor’s visit will improve the quality of interaction with your doctor.
1. Take a list of your medicines, including over-the-counter medicine, vitamins and herbal medicines. Another option is to take a sack with all current medicines with you when you see your doctor.
2. Write down what you want to talk to your doctor about. List them in order of priorities so you get the most important ones talked about. This list will jog your memory if you get nervous or distracted. At one office visit, I noticed my doctor glance at my notes as he asked, “do you have any questions?” It was the perfect opening.
3. If you have difficulty hearing, understanding, or remembering, a trusted family member or friend can accompany you and help with communication.