Schedule your appointments. Make sure you're getting those annual checkups at the doctor, recommended screenings and visiting the dentist.
Whether seeing a certain health professional for the first time or returning for an annual visit, the following suggestions may help you prepare for your appointment:
- Be ready to say what your main symptoms are, when they started, and what you have done to treat them so far. It may help to write these things down before your doctor visit.
- Write down the three questions that you most want to have answered. If the doctor doesn't bring them up, don't be afraid to ask.
- Bring a list of all the medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements that you are taking.
- Gather any medical records from previous treatment for the same or a similar problem. This includes copies of recent test results if the tests were done by a different doctor.
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