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Make the most out of your visits to the Doctor

Visiting the doctor can be a pain at the best of times. However, it is something that you cannot avoid. When you are recovering from injury, major illness or surgery, regular visits are a vital part of getting well again. These visits allow the doctor to review how the recovery is going and, if needed, make any changes to medication, therapy etc. to ensure that the progress continues as it should. The problem is that when you are in the recovery stage, you are far from your best, both mentally and physically and that could lead to situations where you are unable to give the doctor the inputs he needs to monitor your progress. Additionally, the strain of the trip to the clinic could leave you feeling worse than you should. Here are a few simple strategies to overcome these problems.

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List out Medically Relevant Information

Keep a daily diary of how you feel during the day and how you sleep at night. Any changes in the pattern are important – it could mean that you are improving or that your recovery plan needs a little modification. Make a note of all the relevant facts so you don’t forget anything when you meet the doctor. Rehearse what you are going to say with a friend – that will help you to be as clear and concise as possible in conveying the important information.

Email In Advance

If you can, email your questions and any concerns you have to your doctor before your visit. This will enable him to be ready to give you the answers you need.

Take a Friend with You

If you are nervous or feel insecure about going to the doctor, take a friend with you. Having someone who cares accompany you will make you feel better and boost your confidence levels.

Do Your Own Research

If possible, use the internet to do your own research on your health issues. Keep in mind that a lot of the information available online is biased or inaccurate. Use what you learn to form questions to ask your doctor, but remember that he is the expert. So follow his instructions, not what an unknown person says on the net.

Travel In Comfort

After a major illness, injury or surgery, traveling by car may not be permitted. Even if your doctor okays it, the strain could still be a lot and take a toll on you. Arriving at the doctor’s office in a tired and tense state is not the best way to have a checkup done. You could forget some important information (even if you have taken the precautions mentioned here) or the stress of the trip could cause the doctor to think you are not as well as you should be. That is why using a safe and comfortable means to travel that allows you to arrive at the doctor’s relaxed and stress-free is so important. The best way to do this is by using Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT). These companies have special vehicles to enable the sick and injured to travel in comfort and drivers trained in taking care of their passengers.

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