You have waited for this medical appointment. You have accumulated a laundry list of concerns to discuss. However, you have only 15 minutes with your doctor. To gain the maximum benefit of an office visit, it is important to focus on your main concerns. Follow this four-point checklist to help:
1. Review your past medical history with the doctor. Be certain your doctor is made aware of past issues, including but not limited to your family background. Write these down and do not be afraid to mention sensitive issues such as bladder control, intimacy or gastrointestinal problems. Be certain to review your use of over-the-counter medicines such as aspirin and ibuprofen.
2. Address your weight management and exercise. Addressing this topic alone could directly affect your other ailments. Exercise can relieve symptoms such as fatigue, depression and high blood pressure. Exercise improves energy, mood and heart health.
3. Bring all your medications to your appointment and discuss generic options. With many large chain stores offering $4 generic medicines, you could save big money.