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Jack_in_a_blanket

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I have a doctor's appointment coming up and really want to get a better plan to manage my symptoms and try and figure out what's going on. I wrote down a list of all my complaints about how I'm feeling lol. any other suggestions for how to prepare or how to express what I want at the doctor's and advocate for myself?

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    • Lunarr

      672d

      Writing down your symptoms is a great idea! I would also recommend writing down or knowing any previous treatment attempts and what worked vs what didn't (including things like changed diet, increased exercise, etc). Another thing I would suggest is, if applicable, make sure you know what has been ruled out for your condition(s). For example, I'm super dizzy all the time but I know I'm not anemic bc my iron levels came back normal in multiple blood tests. The more info you can provide on what you're going through and what you've actively done to try and help it the better. It shows that you take yourself and your symptoms seriously and are dedicated to getting help. A good doctor will want to help you but unfortunately most of them don't have very much time to spend with you, so coming prepared with all this info is very helpful and moves things along. Also, make sure you assert yourself to the doctor and make it clear that managing your symptoms is a top priority. If they're dismissive of you or your symptoms then go to a different doctor if you can, there are some good ones out there if you can find them!

    • Lunarr

      672d

      Writing down your symptoms is a great idea! I would also recommend writing down or knowing any previous treatment attempts and what worked vs what didn't (including things like changed diet, increased exercise, etc). Another thing I would suggest is, if applicable, make sure you know what has been ruled out for your condition(s). For example, I'm super dizzy all the time but I know I'm not anemic bc my iron levels came back normal in multiple blood tests. The more info you can provide on what you're going through and what you've actively done to try and help it the better. It shows that you take yourself and your symptoms seriously and are dedicated to getting help. A good doctor will want to help you but unfortunately most of them don't have very much time to spend with you, so coming prepared with all this info is very helpful and moves things along. Also, make sure you assert yourself to the doctor and make it clear that managing your symptoms is a top priority. If they're dismissive of you or your symptoms then go to a different doctor if you can, there are some good ones out there if you can find them!

      • Jack_in_a_blanket

        672d

        @Lunarr thank you! I'll def write down all the stuff that worked or didn't. That's such a good idea!

    • mysterygirl

      672d

      Hope you get a caring & patient( no pun intended) one. Chronically Ill pts are a nightmare to a for-profit health care system. They don't have the time or knowledge to treat us. They put very expensive band-aids on us. If you have a lot of money, go to private doctor, like the one on Wellevate. She may actually find the cause, but she takes no insurance and probably $150 or more an hour. Plus supplements & tests. I wish that I could afford to see her. I'm taking meds that make my illness worse but I have to function. Quality over quantity.

      • Jack_in_a_blanket

        672d

        @mysterygirl lol, I don't have that much money but I'll look into it if I get desperate enough haha. Gosh the amount of health stuff I would do if I was rich...

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