Going to the doctor can feel a lot like sitting down for a speed dating session – you sit down in a room, have only a handful of minutes to talk to your doctor and ask questions, and then just kind of hope for the best from there on out.
Thankfully though, your visits to your doctor don’t have to be this brief or this uneventful. Most doctors are practically begging their patients to talk to them more, to ask more probing questions, and to take full ownership of their health and their recovery process.
If you’d like to make sure that your visits to the doctor are more beneficial, make sure that you ask these five questions that your doctor has been wishing you did ask all along.
1. Why are we doing these tests?
Just because your doctor recommends a bevy of different tests and jots down a couple of quick notes on the clipboard doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t ask probing questions to discover exactly why these tests are being ordered, what these tests are going to tell you, how much these tests are going to cost, and (maybe most importantly) when you’re going to get the results you’re looking for.
2. What kind of experience with these issues do you have?
Regardless of whether or not you have been with a single doctor for some time or are just now partnering up with a new physician makes absolutely no difference – you want to be sure that you are working with a professional that has experience with the issues that you may be dealing with, and that they have successfully navigated them with patients in the past.
3. What kind of resources do I have available to me?
All medical doctors are going to operate out of clinics or hospitals that have a variety of different resources available to them as well as to their patients, and you want to be sure that you are able to take advantage of all of these resources as they become available.
Really take ownership of your recovery and you’ll be in much better shape in record time!
4. What do I need to know about making the most of this prescription/program?
Prescription drugs, rehabilitation programs, and other curative solutions are going to require you to move through a very specific process in a very specific way. You’ll want to make sure that you clear exactly how to go through that process with your doctor before you dive right in.
5. What kind of expectations should I have?
Ask about the kind of timeline that you’re looking to get back to better than brand-new, but also make sure that you ask about what you have to do to speed up your recovery, what you have to do to prevent issues from happening later down the line, and how often you need to check back in to make sure that everything is going as it should be.