DO ASK QUESTIONS PLEASE!
A visit to the doctor should not be a daunting task but for some people it is not easy; and sometimes, the health concerns you need to discuss may not be easy. But if you are proactive and plan your visit effectively you should find the experience is much easier. And considering the limited time healthcare providers spend with you, having your questions written down can make the most of your visit.
For example, one reason some people are uncomfortable seeing their doctor simply lies in a lack of knowledge or understanding. And while it is our first instinct as young children learning about the world to ask questions, we seem to forget that this is the best way to get more comfortable dealing with experts too.
Before you visit your doctor, make a list of questions that you want to ask. Of course, these should be about your health concern but you could also ask questions about the hospital and even about your doctor. Learning more about your condition will help you to feel better about the course of treatment while learning more about your doctor and the facility will help you to feel better about trusting them with your health.
But making a list of questions also takes the pressure off of you to remember everything when you actually do visit your doctor.
Review Your List
As smart as it is to make a list of questions, it is also important to review your list to make sure that a) you have asked all of the question you seek answers for but also b) that you have phrased them in a way that is easy for the doctor to understand. This makes it easier for them to give you the precise information you need to get peace of mind.
Be Actively Aware of New Ones that Come Up
Another benefit to writing down the questions you have is that it frees you up to be more aware of new ideas or concerns you might encounter before your visit. And, again, by reviewing your list it also helps you to think of follow up questions that might also be necessary.