"The Healthy Geezer" answers questions about health and aging in his weekly column.
Question: I'm going to the doctor and I don't want to forget to ask him important questions. Any suggestions on how to prepare for this visit?
Answer: Whether you're talking to a family physician, a specialist or pharmacist, you need to know the right questions. My research turned up hundreds of possible questions. I narrowed the list down to the ones I considered to be the most significant. You can pick out the ones that apply to you. Here goes:
What is the outlook for my condition?
Could relatives get this?
What changes will I need to make?
What are my treatment options?
What are the benefits and risks associated with my treatment options?
What are the expected results?
Are there any side effects and what can be done about them?
What organizations and resources do you recommend for support and information?
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