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5 Tips For Making Every Doctor Visit Count

Learn how to get the most out of each doctor’s appointment.

Effectively managing MS may require ongoing appointments with multiple specialistson your health care team — including neurologists, physical and occupational therapists and others.

And it goes without saying they’re busy (for an inside look at how busy doing what, go here and here).

Making the most of each appointment is vital to living with MS. Here are five tips to help you do just that:

1. Notable concerns
Because MS is a disease that affects the central nervous system, you may have a number of issues and symptoms that you’re trying to manage.

Keep notes of those symptoms, ideally when they’re happening or shortly thereafter in order to capture them while they’re fresh in your mind. Not surprisingly, there are smartphone apps for that and even free, old-school forms you can download that can help you keep track in actual handwriting, too if you wish.

Think about — and include — the variables your doctor will want to know about, such as when a particular symptom started, what the level of pain was, if the symptom(s) subsided and when, etc.

2. Get your records together
Though many doctors have online access to your medical records, not all do, at least not in the United States (for a variety of reasons). At a minimum you’ll want to be sure your doctors have updated records for your treatment, which means you’ll want to keep those records yourself and bring updated scans (disks and hard copy reports) and the like that you may be asked to share at the appointment.

It’s also a good idea to maintain — and take — a list of the medications you’re currently taking (for an online PDF file, go here).

Though there are many apps and online resources for keeping your medical records, as always, think security first and know those records contain lots of personal information, the kind that hackers find most attractive.

Make sure your insurance information is up-to-date, too, and that you’ve got your card or documentation with you when you leave for your appointment.

3. Prepare an appointment plan or strategy 
The actual time you spend with your specialists often seems to fly by. Take the time in advance to think about what you want to accomplish at each appointment (treatment for an existing or new symptom, overview of progression or treatment plan, etc.). Make a list and then prioritize it.

Distill those priorities into concise questions that you’ll want to ask during the appointment. Don’t be afraid to ask follow-up questions or share additional information, new developments or ongoing concerns about any topic. If you feel you will need to discuss more than one or two issues, let the scheduler know so your appointment might better accommodate the time needed to cover them.

You may also want to consider how to make the appointment fit your health and schedule, too. What time of day do you feel your best? What will it require to get to the appointment (especially if you have mobility challenges and related assistance devices)? Can you get there on time (or ideally, early so you may get your wits about you) and can you do so in a relatively stress-free, manageable way?

All influence the quality of the time you spend with your doctors.

Read full article: 5 Tips For Making Every Doctor Visit Count – Multiple Sclerosis News Today

Read Full Article: 5 Tips For Making Every Doctor Visit Count – Multiple Sclerosis News Today

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