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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Smart Ways To Get More From Your Doctor's Check Up!

These tips might be of some help somehow on how to make the most of your visit.
  • Use the Internet. If you bring out internet printouts to your appointment, be sure it's helpful, up-to-date and trustworthy internet resources such as, or
  • Ask about Email. Have you asked your doctor whether he/she uses email? Sending messages between appointments can help you plan your visits.
  • Try Audio Recording. Find out before your visit if it's ok to tape your conversation or take notes. It's easier to make sense of what was said if you can review it. Or ask a relative/friend to go with you. He can help you remember and understand what you hear.
  • Write Down. Start by making a list of all the medications you take, including OTC drugs and supplements. List your medical concerns, too. If symptoms such as trouble sleeping or headaches are o your list, write down when they happen, what you've tried and how it worked. Then show your doctor the list.