8 Simple Suggestions For A Successful Visit With Your Health Practitioner
Many years ago my daughter at the age of 6 weeks was diagnosed with an apparently incurable disease and lifelong suffering.
Visiting different health practitioners one after the other and constantly having to recollect the medical history was a great ordeal on its own. Even worse was trying to get a clear picture of the various prognoses we were given and which treatment options to choose.
I remember that I was exhausted and my brain was jammed with information that I did not have time and energy to assimilate. I felt as if I was the focal point of the situation and needed to be strong, but I did not feel strong at all.
Without the physical, emotional and mental support from my husband and my best friend’s genuine care and my instinct to provide for my daughter’s comprehensive treatment, I am not sure I would have coped.
The experience as a mother and as a health practitioner for many years has taught me a few simple lessons on how to prepare for a successful visit with a health practitioner. Not only for the client but also how the health practitioner can best help you and guide you in what you need and want.
I would like you to look at these 8 simple suggestions and consider which of them you can relate to and which of them can help you deal with your pain and discomfort in the best possible way.
Suggestion #1: Make a List
Sit in silence and create a mind map or write down the most important questions concerning your physical, emotional and mental health problems and symptoms.
Start by listing the date and time when you first noticed a change in your health and the different symptoms, various treatments received, the medication you are taking and how it all affects your work, personal and social life.
By having this information written down you will feel more relaxed and at ease, and more important, feel more in control of the consultation.
Suggestion #2: Bring Family Member or Friend along
Do you feel drained, low of energy and find it difficult to focus bring a family member or friend along who can support you by listening and even take notes during the consultation.
The reality is we all hear what we want to hear and by having a second person at your side you most probably will have a more objective and clear understanding of what has been said and discussed.
Suggestion #3: Medical Records
If you have been suffering from a prolonged medical condition and in possession of previous medical records or diagnostic test results, then show them to your health practitioner.
That will free you from having to repeat your medical history and enabling the health practitioner to get a clear overview of the diagnostic conclusion.
Suggestion #4: Medication
In case you have been recommended to take medication please feel free to ask why, and for how long it is needed, the benefits and the possible side effects.
We all know that certain medical conditions require medication. I recommend that you don’t agree to any medication unless it is really needed for your presented problem and insist on getting alternative options. It’s not always about taking medicine as much as seeing and feeling a positive improvement.
Suggestion #5: Belief and Values
Mention any cultural or religious beliefs or specific values that might influence your healthcare.
A good health practitioner will listen, respect, and adapt to your believe system. They should create an individualised treatment methodology to accommodate your personal faith and values.
Suggestion #6: Alternative Options
Believing that there is only one way to recovery, can be limiting in the recovery to a pain-free and joyful life.
Ask the health practitioner for several different options that can lead you to recovery and keep an open mind. There are many different non-medical, non-invasive and mind-body connection therapies that are effective in dealing with acute and chronic pain issues.
Suggestion #7: Second Opinion
If you feel overwhelmed and finding it difficult to assimilate all the given information, or having any doubts about the suggested treatment solution, then ask about a referral for a second opinion.
This will give you a comparison on what might be the best route to follow in the recovery of a pain-free fulfilled life. Be active, listen to your intuition and make good choices on your own rehab.
Suggestion #8: The Choice is Yours
Having received and collected the necessary data concerning your health problem, discuss the preferred treatment solution with a close family member and your chosen and trusted health practitioner.
Always bear in mind that you have a choice. Listening to your intuition can bring massive benefits and hold you true to your values. These are vitally important and remember; sometimes-unconventional thinking can bring great benefits.
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