Dr Lissa Rankin, obstetricians, will never forget a woman who talked about her wedding plans while lying naked on the examination table.
“Every 15 seconds, the phone rang, and he answered!” Rankin recalled. “It’s not a cake that my message, ‘and,’ No, it was the other dress, ‘and I said to him,’ Is this a bad time? Should I come back later? ‘”
The bride might have done great things for her wedding, but he sabotaged his own treatment. In fact, it is a very important visit because he had just become pregnant.
Talking on your cell phone in the examination room, forget what medicines you use, and lying to your doctor about your personal habits are the things that make you become a victim of health.
“Doctor-patient relationship as a business partnership,” said Rankin. “We need to work together. Believe me I will guide you, but you also have to be willing to do your part.”
1. You talk on your cell phone.
We’re talking about your current health. Other calls can wait. Turn off your phone.
2. You lied.
“I must treat you with the best way I can. So if you’re gay, tell me. If you drink a bottle of tequila every night, I need to know. If you are cheating and not using condoms, let me know,” said Rankin, who wrote blog on “Owning Pink.” “I promise not to judge you.”
3. You do a sloppy job describing your pain.
Is it stabbing or burning? Sudden or constant? Tingling or hot? That answer will help your doctor make the right diagnosis.
“You must describe the exact location, how intense the pain, what provoke him, and how long it lasts,” said Dr. Nieca Goldberg, director of the New York University Women’s Heart Program.
A week before you go to the doctor, make a diary of your pain and other symptoms, said Dr. Loren Fishman, a clinical professor of rehabilitative medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.
He also suggests using this time to think about your questions to your doctor and what you expect.
4. You do not explain all the conditions that lead you to the doctor.
If your ears hurt, your knees hurt when your path, and you have an ulcer in your eye, explain three things when you make an appointment with your doctor. Then, your doctor can plan your visit efficiently, suggestions, Dr. Howard Beckman, an internist and clinical professor at the University of Rochester.
5. You do not explain your expectations for your visit.
If you have any hopes or expectations, such as a doctor would treat a boil on your eyes or your ears prescribe antibiotics for the sick, say. Your doctor can then explain if your expectations realistic and you will be happier in the end.
“Sometimes patients are not proportionate with the facts, like a woman 44 years who wish to become pregnant in one cycle of IVF,” said Dr. Jamie Grifo, program director of New York University Fertility Center. “If they do not communicate their expectations, then I can not handle it.”
6. You do not know what medications you use.
“Patients should bring a list of drugs they use, not what they believe that they should use, or what they think I want them to use it,” suggested Beckman.
If you take supplements, Rankin recommends that you take her because supplements are not standardized, such as prescription drugs and doctor you want to see all of the material.
7. You go with questions and concerns are not delivered.
If you have questions in your head, ask it, even if you think doctors are in a hurry. If you’re worried about your headaches may be a brain tumor, say, even if you think you’ll sound like a hypochondriac (too nervous).
8. You do not bring medical records or images your examination results.
Yes, even today, many doctors rely on fax machines to transmit medical records. So, unless you are absolutely sure your doctor has your notes and drawings from other offices, they always take it with you, your doctor’s advice.
9. You are too scared to disagree with your doctor.
If your doctor suggests you need an antidepressant and you do not want to accept it, say so, not nodding your head, then took the recipe and throw it away when you exit the door. Or if he suggested a drug that you can not afford to pay, just say so.
“I know many of you are programmed not to question your doctor, but we can not read your mind. So, we need you to communicate,” said Rankin.
10. You do not follow the treatment plan.
For doctors, this is the essence of everything. If you’ve followed all the suggestions above, you must have a treatment plan that makes sense for you and something you can do.
“Please follow and do what you’ve agreed to do it,” said Rankin. “If you do not want to, please let me know so I do not mistakenly assume treatment failure. I will not scold you. I just need to know.”