The more information your doctor has, the more thorough the treatment.

For some people, going to the doctor – a wound care provider or otherwise – can be a hugely stressful situation. You might be unsure of what to expect or hesitant about a specific test. But these trips don’t have to be so overwhelming, especially if you come to every appointment fully prepared. The best way to do that is to make sure you’ve brought along all the proper forms, documents and other items the doctor will need to treat you effectively. Here are five of the most important objects or paperwork to bring for each doctor’s visit:

1. A list of questions

If you go into a doctor’s appointment knowing exactly what you want to ask, you’re saving time and effort on everyone’s behalf. When creating a list, be sure to arrange questions in order of importance; that way, you’ll get the most vital information if the doctor’s crunched for time. Just make sure you tell the doctor at the start of the visit that you have a list of questions you need addressed.

2. Medical history card

Even if the doctor already has most of your personal information on file, it’s still vital to bring along this card. That way, the physician has a definitive source of the most essential information, including past surgeries, current medications, the names of other doctors you’re seeing, health insurance coverage and recent medical tests. The more info a doctor has, the more thorough the treatment will be.

3. Medications

If asked by your doctor, would you be able to inform him or her of every pill you’re taking and the exact dosage? Even if you’re only the slightest bit unsure, bring all current meds to your next appointment. Having access to the physical pills will help the doctor see exactly what you’re taking and when. If you’ve stopped taking any pills, or are experiencing side effects, now’s the time to speak up.

4. Something for notes

Be it a pad of paper and a pen or an app on your smartphone, it’s always a good idea to jot down notes, follow-up questions and doctor’s advice or orders. Having these actual notes will ensure that you don’t forget anything vital to your personal health.

5. A list of symptoms

Some people will keep a journal of the side effects from either an ongoing condition or those caused by a medication. These lists are quite important for doctors, as it gives them keen insight into a condition’s progress or the development of a medicinal allergy. Be as thorough as possible, and include measurements like your blood sugar alongside occurrences like headaches, insomnia, dizziness, rashes or redness, weight loss and trouble concentrating.

 

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