Your health is a precious commodity that is worth looking out for. Besides developing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, you should always keep the lines of communication open with your doctor so that you can proactively treat any issues that arise – before they become a bigger problem.
Some people may feel embarrassed at telling their doctor things they deem personal, or asking medical questions, but the truth is that most doctors are more than happy to talk to their patients and answer questions about any health concerns they may have.
If, for example, you are struggling with your weight or have noticed a mole that does not look right, you should definitely bring it to your doctor’s attention. Once aware of a symptom or situation, they can make an educated decision about whether or not it merits further testing or treatment.
Your Doctor Wants to Know About You
Besides any concerns or questions you may have, you should also tell your doctor about other things, such as how much alcohol you consume, if you smoke or even what supplements you take. Many over the counter medications and supplements, for instance, can interfere with or counteract prescription medications. Even common supplements such as St. John’s wort can interfere with some anti-seizure, antidepressants, and heart medications. Better to be safe than experience a problem.
Your doctor also needs to know if you smoke, drink or use illegal drugs. You should also be able to talk with your doctor about your sexual history, and your feelings. While this may feel embarrassing, your doctor can only give you the best care when you are honest. If you are depressed, having mood swings or stressed, they should know about that. Additionally, if you have trouble sleeping, or are sleeping too much, you should talk to your doctor about it. Many medical disorders can affect sleep as well as energy levels.
And, if you are not taking your prescription medications because you forget about them, or if they are causing side effects that you are struggling with, telling your doctor is better than allowing them to assume that you are taking medicine as directed. After all, they can’t treat what they don’t know about.
You should also share other information like hobbies, activities, and work environments. If, for instance, you are working in a loud environment, or like to hike and camp, it may provide clues to issues such as hearing loss or even bug bites. You can think of your doctor as a medical sleuth of sorts. The more clues and information you provide, the faster and more accurately they can diagnosis problems and work to solve medical mysteries.
The bottom line: if you are concerned about something regarding your health, have a question or need to share information that can help you live a healthier, happier life, your doctor will probably want to talk about it too.
If you are looking for excellent care for you, or your whole family, call Intercoastal Medical Group today at (941) 362-8662 for an appointment with one of our highly qualified, caring physicians, or request one online. Intercoastal Medical Group: dedicated to your wellbeing.