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Talking With Your Doctor

When you were a kid, your parents or an adult probably went with you to the doctor and helped explain what was going on. You probably didn’t have to do much of anything, right?

Well, as you get older, you’ll have to start talking with your doctor without help from your family. That’s why it’s important for you to learn about your body and be able to explain how you feel about your health concerns.

If you do not feel comfortable talking with your doctor about your concerns, find another doctor. It is very important that you have a doctor who you can trust and be comfortable talking to.

Medical Language

Sometimes your doctor may use words you don’t understand. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Ask the doctor to explain any terms you do not understand. Ask them to write the words down for you. Sometimes it is easier to remember things that are written down. Ask your doctor to repeat information if you need that, and ask for a telephone number so you can call after your visit if you think of more questions.

Get Prepared

Before you go to the doctor, write down any questions you want to ask. That will help you to remember everything you want to know. Be sure your doctor knows about all the medications that you are taking or any allergies that you may have. If you get a new prescription, remind the doctor of what medicines you are taking, even if you think he or she knows. Remember, it’s your body. You’re the expert about your body. Form a partnership with your doctor. Work together as a team to keep you healthy.

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