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5 Things To Tell Your Doctor

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As a busy health care practitioner, it’s important for me to have all the facts when helping you become even healthier. I ask a lot of questions and generally spend 30-45 minutes at each visit. Prior to even seeing me, our office asks you to fill out a questionnaire and review basics with our medical assistant. Sometimes I find despite all this prep, my patients still hold out on me. Here are the top five things to remember to tell your doctor--honestly.

1) Supplements and medications – as a Naturopathic Physician, patients are already comfortable telling me all the supplements they take. Sometimes patients are taking things they bought off the internet, or are trying for weight loss, or got from a friend and don’t want me to know. Others are popping a pain medication or sleeping pill on a regular basis but are too embarrassed to say anything. Please tell me everything you are taking – internet-bought or not. I need to know so I can make the appropriate recommendations with your health care.

2) Past medical surgeries – sometimes I find that women forget surgeries they had until mid-way through treatment. Had a hysterectomy? Gall bladder removed? Previous abdominal surgery? Let me know!

3) Sexual health – I’m going to ask you about your sex habits. Are you happy? Does it hurt? How’s your libido? Protection? Monogamous? History of sexually transmitted infections? Lying about these things out of embarrassment could actually end up hurting your health! Having a healthy sex life is important and I don’t want you to be unhappy or avoid it because of pain. I have also had women admit to affairs and it’s my job to make sure you are staying protected.

4) Things you have tried before – again, this goes with the supplements and medications, however if there are treatments and plans, I would like to know how it impacted you. Did you do a detox and felt amazing? Get acupuncture and the pain left? Feel less depressed in a tanning bed? Help me out with this information.

5) Your primary concerns – how many of you are embarrassed about your primary concerns and never mention it, or wait until the very end when your visit is over?

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EmpowHER Guest

I trust doctors, but when you tell them something is wrong and they do nothing... I don't know how can I trust them? I've been complaining pain on my right side (kidney area) told the nurse (I still can't see the dr.) several times, she ignored me. I had a kidney stone ... AND I NEVER HAD SO MUCH PAIN ON MY back in my live. I ended on the ER. the dr., in the hospital, told me to have my regular dr. analize the stone, when i call my dr. (nurse) she told me to get ri of it, she didn't need it, and it was unnecessary to analize the stone etc etc etc.. I think it is time to change doctors/clinic.

August 30, 2010 - 6:11am

Even I don't hide anything from doctor because he is our well wisher and does everything that favors us.

August 26, 2010 - 3:58am
EmpowHER Guest

WOWW you must be the best dr. on Earth. I have been trying for a year to find a dr. that treatment for my diabetes. I only can see s nurse, which I don't mind when is for a regular visit, BUT NOT when something is wrong. I really will there were doctors like you describe some where near where I live.

August 19, 2010 - 4:07pm
(reply to Anonymous)

Dr. Jones is definitely the best doctor on Earth! She does exactly as she says. I am so glad I happened to choose her when I decided to switch doctors 2 years ago. I hope you have been able to find someone to help you out where you live.

July 19, 2014 - 12:33pm
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