When you are sick, taking an active role in your medication will get you the best services.
You can start by improving your personal relationship with your doctor to convince him/her that you need medication.
You should let your doctor know about your current and past medication.
Especially, if you are allergic to some medications, your doctor should know about it.
If you have any medicines you are currently taking, you should bring them with you.
Don’t forget to bring vitamins, x-rays, medical records, test results with you to the appointment so that doctor can see your seriousness.
How to Convince Your Doctor You Need Medication
Let your doctor be the doctor.
Only a doctor can diagnose and prescribe, for very good reason.
They’ve had the training to tell what’s wrong and how to treat it.
If you suspect a problem, mention it, but don’t argue about it.
Make use of this knowledge.
There are plenty books and web sites that have the chemical constituents of various herbs.
This information is vital to a discussion, because some of these constituents are similar to medications.
Beware of interactions.
If you get a list of the interactions that would be useful for your doctor, you should be aware of side effects and precautions.
An example of the need for precautions includes pregnancy and auto-immune disorders.
These can be a problem when mixed with herbal remedies.
Be honest about what you take.
Tell your doctor the name of all supplements and listen to what he says.
Even “minor” things like garlic and fish oil can cause problems.
As an example, both garlic and fish oil are blood thinners.
Not all conditions can be treated successfully using alternative remedies, and depending on them alone could be deadly.
When dealing with serious illness, it is important that you and your doctor or doctors form a team.
If you feel a supplement will be beneficial, talk it over with your doctor, but rely on his or her expertise in the matter.
Talk to your pharmacist.
Pharmacists usually know more about supplements than doctors, and can be a great ally.
They can provide information to take to your doctor and can spot a potentially deadly interaction quickly…if they know you’re taking it.
To ensure good communication, it is important to:
Choose a doctor who is an attentive listener.
Although it is important to have a doctor who is knowledgeable in his or her specialty, it is also essential to choose a doctor who will listen carefully to your health concerns.
Choose the doctor who specializes in your particular condition.
You may need a general health care practitioner, or you may be better off with a doctor that specializes in your particular area of illness or injury.
Choose a doctor with whom you feel comfortable speaking about difficult topics and sensitive issues.
Some patients prefer to visit a doctor of the same gender or who speaks the same first language in order to feel more comfortable talking about health problems.
Additionally, some patients only feel comfortable divulging details of their personal lifestyles to particular doctors.
If you don’t understand something, you should ask.
Some people are afraid to speak up.
You doctor will assume that you understand everything, if you do not ask questions.
You should write down the questions in a piece of paper, if you have questions before the appointment.
If you need more time to talk to your doctor, you need to let them know.
If your doctor is busy, a nurse or a physician assistant may be able to help you.
If everyone is busy, you should schedule another appointment to answer your questions.
Describe your symptoms clearly and briefly.
Tell the doctor the time symptoms started, how they make you feel, what you may be doing when the symptoms start what makes them better etc.
Tell your doctor what over-the-counter medicines you are taking such as vitamins, herbal products or any other supplements.
Don’t be embarrassed about sensitive issues.
Chances are the doctor has heard it all before.
You also need to be honest with your doctor about your diet, physical activity, if you smoke, your drug or alcohol use and your sexual activity.
And please mention if you are being treated by other doctors. – withholding information can be harmful.
When you are given medicines and other treatments make sure you understand how to take the medicine
If you cannot remember all instructions from your doctor, you should write down your instructions.
Some people use a tape recorder.
Your doctor may even have brochures or other education materials for you.
Ask your doctor for his/her contact’s information.
The quality of care you receive may depend directly on how well you and your physician exchange information with each other.
For your own personal health, it is important to be sure to do your part to be open, honest, and clear with your doctor about your health concerns.
Additionally, it is important to search until you find a practitioner who is knowledgeable in your area of concern and can clearly communicate to you your diagnosis and treatment options.
Understand what to do if you miss a dose and if there are any foods or activities that you should avoid while on the medication.
Find out how long the medication or treatment will last.
Ask about the side effects; if it’s covered by your insurance, are there genetic substitutes.
Your pharmacist can also help answer questions regarding medications.
If you need to, bring a family member or friend to your appointment; that person can take notes as well as provide moral support and can help you remember what was discussed.
Understand everything before you leave the doctor’s office.
If you do not understand something, ask to have it explained again.
Good relationships are based around the ability to communicate problems, wishes, and fears clearly and effectively, even in the relationship between you and your doctor.
If you and your doctor cannot clearly communicate with each other, you may suffer from a decreased quality of care, simply because your doctor did not understand your needs, diagnosed you improperly because of a lack of information, or gave you inadequate aftercare instructions.
Not all doctors will respond positively to these tips, so if using alternatives is important to you, find a good doctor who is open minded.
It is very important that you don’t self-diagnose and self-prescribe; the doctor is on your side and wants you to be healthy.