Here is some information on getting the most benefit from a doctor’s office visit. I recommend you do these things before going to the doctor. Collect and organize all your vital sign records, food diary, weight changes, and any other tracking you have recorded since your last visit. Create a written record of all prescriptions, over the counter medicines including vitamins taken since the last visit. Write down questions and/or concerns. Bring paper and pencil to write down answers.
Here are a few tips for getting your doctor to listen to you:
  1. Be prepared.
  2. Be clear and specific.
  3. Express your concerns and priorities.
  4. Speak up if you don’t understand something.
  5. Be honest: Tell your doctor if you’re not following their instructions or if you’re having trouble with your treatment.
  6. Be respectful: Treat your doctor with respect and they will be more likely to take your concerns seriously.
  7. Consider a second opinion.
Keep in mind that doctor-patient communication is a two-way street, and the relationship is built on mutual trust and respect, if you are not comfortable with your doctor and feel like they are not listening to you, it’s important to find a doctor that you feel comfortable with and one that is willing to listen and work with you to achieve your healthcare goals.