Your doctor or healthcare provider can be a huge help in keeping you well, as long as he or she knows your complete health history.
You and your doctor should always share information about:
- Any health conditions other than the one being treated, including pain and symptoms—if you feel it, say it
- The medications, herbs or supplements you currently take
- Allergies to any medication, food or substance
- Trouble taking any medication
- If you may be pregnant, are pregnant, are planning to get pregnant or are breastfeeding
- If you are following a specific diet, such as one that’s low-sugar or low-sodium
Other tips for making the most of your doctor’s appointment
- Write down a list of questions or concerns before your appointment.
- Even if the topic seems sensitive or embarrassing, like sexual activity, alcohol or drug use, it’s best to be honest and upfront with your healthcare provider.
- Keep track of test results, diagnoses, treatment plans and medicines—if you see a Valley Medical Center provider, make sure you’re signed up for MyChart so you can easily look up your after-visit summaries, diagnoses, treatment plans, prescriptions and test results online.
- If English is a second language or if you’d like support during your appointment, consider bringing a friend or family member to help take notes, answer questions or communicate concerns.
- After your appointment, if you’re uncertain about any instructions or have other questions, call or email your healthcare provider—don’t wait until your next visit to make sure you understand your diagnosis, treatment plan, or anything else that might affect your health.