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Talking With Your Doctor



Visiting a doctor's office can make you nervous, impatient, or even scared. You may have only a few minutes with your health care provider. Later, you might remember something you forgot to ask. Or you may forget what the doctor or nurse said. Being prepared can help you get the information you need. Here are some things you can bring to make the most of your visit:

  • Lists of your concerns, any allergies and all the medicines, herbs or vitamins you take
  • A description of symptoms - when they started, what makes them better
  • A notepad or tape recorder
  • A trusted friend or relative

Make sure you understand your diagnosis and any treatments. Ask your health care provider to write down his or her instructions to you. If you still have trouble understanding, ask where you can go for more information.