Have you ever left a doctor's appointment and immediately thought of questions you wish you had asked?
Instead of turning to the internet for answers, plan for your next visit ahead of time. You can create a list of questions that will help you understand and manage your condition
Not sure what questions to ask? Keep reading for a few essential questions about chronic disease management.
1. Is There Anything Else That Could Be Contributing to My Symptoms or Illness?
Despite all the resources online, your doctor is the expert when it comes to managing your condition. If you are concerned that your lifestyle or environment may be contributing to your illness, you should ask about it.
If your condition has changed or worsened recently there may be something you can do to alleviate those issues.
2. Is My Experience Typical for Someone of My Age and Gender?
It is helpful to know if what you are experiencing is "normal" for your condition. If not, is there something you can or should be doing to improve your symptoms? Setting goals for certain metrics can help keep you on track and in control of your long-term health.
3. What Can I Expect From Treatment?
If you are being treated for a chronic illness you are likely on at least one form of treatment. You should ask your doctor whether the treatment is expected to reduce symptoms or eliminate symptoms.
You may also want to know how long it will take for the treatment to work and whether there are any side effects you can expect.
4. Are There Alternatives to This Treatment?
Your doctor will make a recommendation based on what they think is best for you. However, there may be alternative forms of treatment to consider. Your doctor should be prepared to discuss those alternatives with you as well.
5. What Can I Do To Improve My Condition?
If you want to take an active role in your health and managing your illness, ask your doctor about any recommendations they have about lifestyle-related tips.
They may suggest a particular diet or exercise routine or certain supplements you could be taking. If you are willing to change other aspects of your life to improve your symptoms, you should make your doctor aware.
6. What's Next?
Before leaving your doctor's appointment, you should ask what the next steps are. If you are waiting on test results, will the doctor call to discuss them? Or email the results to you?
Do you need to schedule a follow-up appointment or reach out to a specialist? Be sure you leave the office knowing exactly what will happen next on your disease management journey.
Taking Control of Your Chronic Disease Management
Being your own advocate can improve your ability to understand and manage symptoms of your illness.
So, before you schedule your next appointment with a doctor, write down a list of questions that you want to ask. It will help ensure you get all the information you need to feel more confident about chronic disease management.
For more information or to speak with a doctor, contact us today.