Preparing for a doctor’s appointment doesn’t have to be an undue burden.
The U.S. National Institute on Aging suggests how to make the most of your time at the doctor’s office:
- Do not lie to your doctor when he or she asks about your diet, exercise plan or alcohol use.
- Come up with a few important questions to ask the doctor.
- Describe any medical issue clearly and succinctly, since the doctor may be on a very tight schedule.
- Share your feelings about the appointment with your doctor. Let him or her know if you feel rushed, worried or uncomfortable
- Accept that your doctor may not be able to answer every question immediately.