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Top 3 Questions To Ask Your Primary Care Doctor EVERY Visit


As your primary care practitioners, we are here to ensure that you are living a healthy life physically, mentally and spiritually. We care about you as a whole, meaning all components of your lifestyle. We are here to support you in maintaining a full long life. There are certain aspects of your health that you should ask about during every visit.

Here are the top 3 questions to ask your primary care provider during each of your visits.

1. Something’s been bothering me… Can we talk?

Your PCP knows his or her job is to monitor your vitals—weight, blood pressure, cholesterol, etc.—but just as important is gauging your psychological state. Stress, exhaustion, and environmental factors can wreak havoc on your physical health. When your doctor asks, “How are you doing?” Tell her. And let her help you to set goals that will get you back on track. Say: I’m a little worried about how this new job is going to be for me, or My son’s medical issues are my primary focus, and to be honest, I’m mentally and emotionally depleted. Most PCPs became doctors because they want to effect real changes in a patient’s life (in the 2014 Physician’s Foundation survey, 79% of doctors cited “patient relationships” as the most satisfying factor about medical practice.)

So cross the divide, take a few minutes to tell your PCP what’s going on in your life, and make them see you as a human being—not just a collection of vital signs.

2. Is there anything I should be doing differently to live a fuller, longer life?

Everybody knows that lifestyle decisions affect our health—but they have a far more influential role than most people realize. Your doctor’s office should be a safe place for you to talk openly and ask questions like: Is my weight a problem? I’ve been stressed out at work and feeling a lot of pressure at home, am I doing damage? Is it okay for someone in my condition to have three glasses of wine with dinner every night?

Give your PCP the opportunity to help you achieve a greater balance. Share your concerns with him or her, and ask for guidance.

3. What medications can we stop or minimize?

Overtreatment is no small problem. It’s up to you to let your doctors know about all the drugs and supplements you are taking in order for your care and treatment to be the most effective and positive experience. If you change PCP’s often or go to multiple clinics you may be overtreated or causing harmful effects from the combination of prescriptions you are taking. Often less is more, and that is the ultimate goal of treatment. Be sure to let your doctor know everything you are taking to ensure it is serving your highest good, goals, and health.

There are many reasons to choose a PCP and stick to it. Creating a strong relationship with your PCP allows for the highest level of support and understanding of your unique health and lifestyle goals. The T Off Men’s Health team is here to support you every step of the way and care about the need of each individual.

 

To book your primary care appointment contact our booking specialists at 817-345-0303.