As we age, we know that keeping on top of our good health is even more critical to our wellbeing. So we put a lot of faith in doctors. But when a new procedure, medication or test is prescribed, it is extremely important for us to have a full understanding of why this is being ordered, any potential side effects, the viability of alternative treatments, etc.
So take a couple of minutes to view this valuable information and then think of questions that you will want to ask. Here are some to get you started:
- What is the purpose of this treatment and why are you prescribing it for me at this time?
- What, if any, side effects should I expect to encounter?
- How long must I take the medication before I can expect to see results?
- What are the alternative treatments/medications I might want to consider?
- What is the cost involved?
- Please explain my diagnosis in greater detail.
- In your opinion, what may have caused this condition?
- Are there any long-term effects I will need to deal with?
- Do I need to curtail any of my current activities?
- Is there anything I can do, in addition to the treatment you prescribe, that will help be to heal from this?
- Where can I go to find additional information?
By having your questions answered to your satisfaction, you will be able to take charge of your own healthcare. And, when you’re getting a new diagnosis, this sense of control can make all of the difference. After all, knowledge truly is power!