Preparing for Medical Appointments

I’ve had a lot of experience with going to medical appointments. Over the years, I’ve seen several different primary care physicians. I’ve also had dozens of appointments with pulmonologists, neurologists, psychiatrists, dermatologists, endocrinologists, rheumatologists, otolaryngologists, opthlamologists, gastroenterologists, cardiologists, dentists, and podiatrists.

I always try to best prepare for my medical appointments. I always bring a current list of my medications, including their dosages, and how often they are taken. I also include a list of any new allergies, if applicable.

As we all know, our time with medical providers is brief during the majority of our follow-up appointments. I’ve learned that it’s most effective to provide a brief, concise summary of your most pressing issues.

It’s also useful to be aware of any factors that have worsened your current symptoms, as well as anything that has provided relief. A little preparation goes a long way in maximizing the time spent with your healthcare providers.

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