Family Medicine—Talking with Your DoctorSugar Land, TX - 9/6/2011
Drs. Ana Corteguera, Mona Sheth, Tayma Shaya, Jennifer Diamond, Yana Finkelshteyn, Lisa Holloway, Julie Hung and Seva Papageorge
Open communication with your primary care physician is a key factor in getting the type of health care that is best for your needs. In the past, patients were more likely to follow doctors’ orders with no questions asked, but today a good doctor-patient relationship is a partnership. You and your doctor work together to handle your medical needs and help keep you healthy.
PREPARE FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT
“Before you go to the doctor — whether it’s your first visit or one of many — create a list of questions and health concerns you want to discuss,” says Yana Finkelshteyn, M.D., board-certified family medicine physician with Methodist Family Medicine Group. “Have information ready about all medications you take, including over-the-counter drugs, vitamins and other supplements.”
If you have new or unusual symptoms, be sure to note any details, including:
“The more specific you can be, the more you can help your primary care physician make a diagnosis,” Dr. Finkelshteyn adds.
Being honest with your doctor will help you get the best treatment. “Don’t stretch the truth when discussing exercise, eating habits, smoking history, alcohol intake and other care you receive,” says Lisa Holloway, D.O., board-certified family medicine physician with Methodist Family Medicine Group. “It’s important to mention sensitive subjects such as emotional problems, incontinence, eating disorders or sexual problems. Even if it’s difficult or embarrassing, it’s worth mentioning.”
Bring a notebook and pen with you to write down any treatment recommendations or directions provided by your doctor, and make sure you fully understand them before you leave the office.
TREATING FAMILY NEEDS