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[MOL] Helpful Things For When You See Your Doctor

  Our dear moler friends:  This information is so very important to help
you to know what you or your love one needs to do when they visit doctors
offices.  I will post it every so often, not only as a reminder; but for
new members to use.  Your friend, lillian
                         BY LYDIA O. CUNNINGHAM 

  You know the problem: Either because your 
  doctor is rushed, or you're scared or intimidated - 
  or all of the above - you often come out of the 
  doctor's office with your questions still 
  unanswered. Maybe you even wonder if you've 
  received good care. 

  Here's a solution: 
  Anticipate in advance 
  the conversation 
  stoppers that 
  physicians often use as well as how you might 
  reply to them. Such planning will give you more 
  control over your session with the doctor, thus 
  increasing the chances that you'll receive the 
  information you need. A few examples: 

  "Yes, yes, I see . . ." the doctor says, 
  interrupting you. 
  If this has ever happened to you, you're not alone. 
  In a recent study, Dr. Howard Beckman of 
  Wayne State University in Detroit found that 
  doctors interrupt patients quickly, most often after 
  only the first symptom is described. 

  To prevent misdiagnosis from this lack of 
  information, Dr. Beckman recommends that 
  patients prepare a written list of symptoms 
  arranged in order of importance. At the beginning 
  of an office visit you can say, "I have three 
  symptoms. The first is . . ." Then, if interrupted, it 
  will be easier to remind the doctor later, 
  "Remember, I have two other symptoms I haven't 
  told you about yet." 

  "I'm sorry, but you can't come in with the 
  If you're feeling nervous or ill, it's easy to forget 
  key questions or to misunderstand what the 
  doctor says. So bringing a relative or good friend 
  along - and not just to the waiting room - can be 
  a good idea. But many physicians object to 
  having anyone in the examining room. A good 
  response is, "I'm really not up to par today and 
  would like my husband to stay with me. I think he 
  can help me understand and remember what you 
  say better than if I were alone." Or "I'm a little 
  frightened and really need the support of my 

  "You have spellosis, complicated by 
  That's a nonsense diagnosis, but it probably 
  makes as much sense as some real ones do when 
  couched in medical dictionary language. Do not 
  feel inadequate for not understanding - just ask 
  the doctor to start all over again, this time in plain 

  "It's nothing to worry about," or "No, it 
  can't be that." 
  Without an adequate medical explanation - one 
  you can easily understand - you probably will 
  worry. So when the doctor doesn't give you 
  reasons for the conclusion, you might say: "Would 
  you please explain exactly why I shouldn't worry 
  about this?" Or "I'd feel more comfortable if you 
  would tell me why you think it's not that." If the 
  response is "Well, that's just not likely to occur," 
  insist on a better answer. "I really want to know 
  the medical basis for your opinion." 

                                          "Here - I think this should take
                                          of it," as you are handed a 
                                          The following questions should
help you 
                                          get the necessary facts: "What is
                                          called? Why do I need it? Is
there a less 
                                          expensive generic version that's
safe to 
                                          take? What do you expect the drug
to do 
                                          and how long before it takes
                                          When should I call you if I'm not
                                          Are there any special
instructions about 
                                          when and how I should take this
                                          Could it interact with other
drugs that I 
                                          take?" Your pharmacist can also
                                          many of these questions. 

                                          "I wouldn't worry about the side 
                                          effects of this medicine." 
                                          On the contrary, there are two
                                          reasons to be aware of them. If a
                                          side effect occurs, it's
comforting to know 
                                          the cause. And because a major
                                          might warrant a change in the
                                          you need to know what to look out

                                          Try this response: "Even so, I'd
really like 
                                          to know any possible side
effects. How 
                                          likely are they? Which ones do
you want 
                                          to know about?" You can also get 
                                          information on side effects in
                                          medicine guides located in the
                                          department of most public

                                          "I'll order some tests." 
                                          Sometimes physicians order a
                                          test without telling the patient
much about 
                                          it or realizing the needless
worry this can 
                                          cause. Getting a few details will
                                          lower your anxiety level. "What
is this test 
                                          going to tell you? How accurate
is it? Will 
                                          it change my treatment? What will
                                          done - is it risky or painful? Is
                                          anything special I need to do 

                                          "I think you should have this 
                                          Depending on your medical
                                          choosing the right treatment can
be very 
                                          difficult. First, if you don't
have a clear 
                                          understanding of the condition
                                          treated and its prognosis, speak
up now. 
                                          "Please tell me again exactly
what I have 
                                          and what's likely to happen."
Then ask, 
                                          "Are there other treatments for
this?" If 
                                          so, the following questions for
                                          therapy, including the
recommended one, 
                                          will help you reach a decision:
"What are 
                                          the benefits and risks, and how
likely is it 
                                          to work? What can I expect? Are
                                          any common side effects? How much

                                          time does the treatment take, and
will I 
                                          have to be in the hospital?" If
you're not 
                                          satisfied with the responses, get
a second 

                                          "I don't think a second opinion
will be 
                                          Most doctors have no objections
                                          another opinion and will often
make a 
                                          referral. If yours feels
otherwise, simply 
                                          say, "I understand how you feel,
but I 
                                          need a second opinion for my
peace of 
                                          mind as well as my family's." Or
if this is 
                                          the case, "My insurance company 
                                          requires a second opinion." 

                                          "Call me if you're not feeling
                                          as the doctor is leaving the
                                          Before your doctor walks out the
                                          make sure you understand exactly
                                          he or she means. "When should I
call you 
                                          if I keep feeling the same? If I
get worse, 
                                          should I let you know sooner? Are
                                          any new things I should watch for
and tell 
                                          you about right away?" 

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