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What to Take to a Doctor’s Appointment

Happy Monday! My appointment on Thursday got me thinking. Since I have been a regular patient for 13 years, I have learned quite a bit about what to take when you go to a new doctor for the first time. I figured that I might as well share that knowledge!

1. Any and all medical images that might be related (MRIs, CT scans, X-rays, etc.)

2. Results of any resent blood tests you have

3. Medication list and/or actual medications – including natural supplements

4. A list of questions you have for the doctor

5. A clear idea of what you want to get out of the appointment. How else can you define if it is a success or not?

6. Bullet points of your medical history. I know that I’m guilty of forgetting something or jumping around in my history/story because I forgot some detail that is actually relevant.

Anything else that I left off my list?

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  • Reply Christine C

    I love this! During my 2 year hip saga, I created a binder that I brought with me to each doctor's appointment. I even brought it with me on the day of my surgery….just in case! The only thing I would add is your ID, insurance card, and referral paperwork (if applicable). 🙂

    February 10, 2014 at 7:51 pm
  • Reply Rambling Hermit

    Def agree with all of these!!!!

    February 10, 2014 at 8:41 pm
  • Reply Lauren

    I also bring a book for long waits, it passes the time faster! Lauren

    February 11, 2014 at 5:07 pm
  • Reply Sarah Farris

    I am so guilty of not doing all of that, even though every single time I go to the doctor, I wish I had a list of medications, especially with the name/phone number of the doctor who prescribed it! I always wish I have it at normal appointments, but when I had to have my appendix out, it would have been especially helpful at the ER! Thanks for posting this!

    June 29, 2014 at 2:33 am
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