Guest Post: How to Optimize Your Doctor Visit

Carrie Rinderknecht is a certified holistic health counselor and owner of Blue Sage Wellness. She offers individual and group programs to those interested in receiving holistic support and believe in the body’s natural ability to heal. To learn more, visit her website www.bluesagewellness.com.

Problem: Given the financial system that exists in the medical world today, it’s simply not possible for doctors to take the time to educate people about their health, much less spend an adequate amount of time with the patient addressing their needs.

Solution: How to maximize your time, eliminate frustration and get answers you need at the doctor’s office.

Do you get frustrated with long waits in the doctor’s office only to be rushed through your visit? One, you are not alone. Two, it’s not necessarily the doctor’s fault that the two of you are on a time crunch. Our medical system is dysfunctional, but that doesn’t mean we have to succumb to sub-par medical treatment. There are ways to maximize your time, and to empower yourself by taking greater control over and responsibility for your health so that things don’t slip through the cracks. Your doctor is there to serve you and your best interests with regard to health and is therefore in your employ. You hire your doctor through recommendations of friends and family, you keep your doctor because he or she engenders trust, is knowledgeable or has an excellent bedside manner. The bottom line is that no one knows your body better than you (you live in it!) and you deserve to be listened to, get the testing you need and find the answers you seek – or at least an honest, “I don’t know.” If you have tried the tips below and are still frustrated, it may be time to do some doctor shopping.

Here are some tips to make the best use of your time:

1)      Before your visit collect all lab tests and reports from previous doctor’s visits (you should always have your own copy of all lab results.)

2)      Prepare a list of questions and concerns to bring with you.

3)      Do your own research on symptoms and find out what the corresponding lab tests are. Ask to have these lab tests ordered. Unless there is no connection whatsoever to your symptoms your doctor should agree. It is always better to have too much information than not enough. Check out both WebMD and the Mayo Clinic’s Health Information for further assistance.

4)      After your visit, keep a log of what was discussed. (i.e., questions you asked, anything you need to remember, recommendations of doctor, & diagnoses that were made.) Date the diary entry and record subsequent questions as they come up so you can follow up next visit.

5)      Do a quick analysis of your unanswered questions. Will they be answered in results of a lab test? If the doctor didn’t adequately answer your question, do you need to do more independent research or be referred to a specialist?

As an unbiased and knowledgeable patient (“I know what works for me and what doesn’t!”) I would definitely consider working with the team at WellnessFX. Based on the patient reviews thus far, you will be working with highly conscious, progressive and thorough doctors who are able to leverage cutting-edge technology to guide you through the quagmire of your own health challenges. The structure of WellnessFX is set up so that the steps I’ve outlined above are an organic part of their process.  The diagnostics are comprehensive, you get to “hire” your own doctor, you get personalized recommendations and you can track your progress online! As a holistic health counselor who advocates preventive health care, true healing and peace of mind, I want to thank WellnessFX for locating a need in our health care system and answering the call.

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