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When you go to see a doctor

dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 10,059
You should always go prepared. I keep all my information on my computer so that I can always update it and bring to all of my visits.

When you go see a doctor, these are the items you should be bringing

  • - List of your past medical conditions
    - Diagnosis (if any) of your current medical condition
    - List of your diagnostic tests and their results (recent CD would be great)
    - List of any previous surgery (What it was, when it was, the results, etc)
    - List of all medications that you are taking (include medications you no longer take, but note that)
    - List of any allergies
    - Name of pharmacy(s) that you use
    - Your religious classification (some medical practices want to see this)
So, when you go see a doctor, you can just hand them your report. You would be surprised at just how often they are totally surprised that you have that information or even know it! One nurse told me that she had an elderly patient and they were reviewing his medications.

Nurse: What medications are you taking, when and for what?
Patient: I dont know
Nurse: Then why are you taking them?
Patient: Because my wife tells to

Having all the information regarding your health situation is very important. You can always bring more and if they dont need it, they will tell you so. But it is so much better being prepared then to not have any answer.
Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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Comments

  • PlumbTuckeredOutPlumbTuckeredOut Philadelphia, PAPosts: 325
    edited 04/01/2015 - 4:49 PM
    I just started keeping ALL my information on my Kindle (Fire). I can update information while I'm listening to the docs, we can review what went on in the last appointment- (what I heard, what he meant). I can download medical reports and keep stuff "In the cloud" when files are too big for my Kindle. I'm on SSDI and I was able to skimp and save enough for the Kindle and it's been a life saver for medical things. It's painful writing everything out again so handing over my Kindle and allowing medical personnel to read right from it is so helpful!

    (I worked in pharmacy and I know how easy it is to say one medication and mean another!)

    Sheila

    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by...... (Robert Frost)
    I still don't know if I should have taken the one that said, "Caution! Dead End" (Me)
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