Aging Gracefully and with Great Health

Aging Gracefully and with Great Health

How To Get Your Concerns Addressed By Your Primary Care Provider

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Going into an appointment with your primary care physician can be nerve wracking. Previous negative experiences with doctors as well as general health anxiety can make it seem impossible to actually be heard in a doctor's appointment. Sometimes not enough care is given to health problems that are very real and present for you. Here are some ways to advocate for yourself and get your needs met at your next doctor's appointment.

Prepare a List of Concerns

This can seem like overkill, but a simple list of concerns can go a long way in a doctor's office. Not only can it help you to keep track of the things you would like to address, but it also shows your provider that you have many problems that you would like to have addressed. More often than not, providers are not going to press about every aspect of your health. This is why it's helpful to have your specific concerns ready to guide your visit.

Bring a Friend or Advocate

Sometimes going to the doctor is too much to do on your own. Your health is important and you may need another person there to advocate for you, especially if your nerves can get quite bad at the doctor's office. Fill your family member, friend, or advocate in on the concerns that you want to have addressed. Ask them to help you talk about everything before you leave the appointment.

Prepare Relevant Information

Sometimes, you may have information that would help your doctor understand what is going on. You may assume that other people will immediately understand your experience, but often keeping a log of symptoms or previous medical care can help you and your doctor get on the same page. If you need help knowing what kind of information to bring, consider contacting your doctor's office before the appointment to ask what would be helpful.

Be Honest and Assertive

Often, the only thing keeping you from getting the medical care you need is your nerves. Prepare to be honest and transparent with your doctor. Take time to calm down and prepare for your visit if you are especially anxious. Anxiety can get in the way of communicating, so make sure you are not in a rush to get to the appointment. You are an important part of your own medical care. Being ready to address your concerns can help you get the most out of your visit.

If your medical needs are still not being met after multiple visits, consider contacting the office outside of your visit. You may need to change doctors or find care at a different location. Your medical care is worth it.

Contact a primary care physician near you to learn more. 


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Aging Gracefully and with Great Health

While it's true that aging and illness used to go in hand, today's medical advancements now mean we don't have to settle for that eventuality anymore. I'm already considering the aging process although I'm still middle aged because I intend to enjoy my later years with the best health possible. Living well and aging gracefully aren't just about maintaining your appearance, but also feeling as good as you can as you get older. I'm sharing what I discover in my personal quest with everyone here on this convenient website so we can all join together to cross into the golden years with our health intact.