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6 Tips for a Doctor’s Visit

When you are treating for hepatitis C, forming a relationship with a medical team is a first step. Remember, they are there to help you get rid of the virus, and to take care of any other medical concerns that you may have. Frequent interaction with them can help you to have good success before, during, and after treatment.

Here are 6 tips for a doctor visit that can definitely ensure you work together as you move into a healthy future.

Develop trust

Knowing that your future health is in good hands is a key step. When you first meet, and talk about your personal medical history, it’s a vulnerable time. Notice how your doctor listens to your questions. Do they give you an answer that you can understand? Can you talk about what you need to stay healthy and take your medication on time? Having this kind of confidence in your relationship with the doctor, and staff, can set the stage for every future appointment.

Disclosure

If there have been any changes in your health, be sure and communicate it as quickly as possible. If there were problems in your ability to take medications since the last appointment, share it at the start. Be open about any fears, even if they seem silly to you. Your doctor has experience and will listen to your story. They know you may not have a lot of medical experience, or use fancy words.

Decision-making

Most doctor visits will be regular scheduled appointments with no changes in medications or treatment. If something comes up, you have already developed trust, and can work with your doctor to make any decisions. It’s important to be open about what your wishes are, and then listen closely to your doctor’s options.

Determination

At each visit, your medical team looks at your health, but they also care about your personal life. For example, if you are having trouble working, eating well, or getting medications, now is the time to ask for help. Doctors have a lot of respect for patients who stand up and ask for what they need. Know that asking for help is a sign of intelligence, and your doctor can’t read your mind. Be determined to meet your health goals and talk to your doctor about them at every visit.

Design

Today’s treatments are much more straightforward than they were years ago. The drug manufacturers have well-designed plans based on trials. Your doctor follows a protocol created around what has worked with your particular medication. Every step has been taken to ensure that you, and your medical provider, can custom design the path to a hep-C-free future.

Details

Do your part by being honest about everything you need, at every visit. Most doctors want a good relationship with their patient. You can establish trust and mutual respect that will help you move through all the details.

Final thoughts: By being prepared, having your questions ready, and giving accurate information about your health, you can make sure that every detail is covered. You and your doctor are allies in moving toward a healthy life. With their experience, and your help, you can beat Hep C.

This article represents the opinions, thoughts, and experiences of the author; none of this content has been paid for by any advertiser. The HepatitisC.net team does not recommend or endorse any products or treatments discussed herein. Learn more about how we maintain editorial integrity here.

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