Your Tips on How to Get Off to the Best Start with a New Specialist
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Starting a relationship with a new specialist can be daunting. You want to get off to a good start and ensure that you establish mutual respect and are able to develop trust. You want to know you're in good hands. What is their expertise and experience? What research are they doing? Will they listen and consider your input?
How do you get off to the best start with a new provider? What suggestions would you tell a friend who is going to see a new doctor?
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That's the golden nugget, @tim1028. I'm going to use a variation of that final question often in the future for appointments whether they be for me or a family member —
"Is there anything that I haven't asked that you think is important for me to know about my XXXX?"
Brilliant. Thank you.
@tim1028 I think we will all be wrapping up our questions with that one. Perfect.
I also find that having someone accompany me to the appointment is helpful. My husband has been my extra set of ears, eyes, and note taker.
Why don't we ever think to say ask that? I bookmarked it!
Tim, that is exactly what I do. My doctor even commented that he appreciates my preparation with a typed list of questions and a pen handy to write down the answers. Doctors like it when a patient also wants to put in the effort to get well again.
My first goal would be to see of the new doctor has an open mind. This is important when trying to find a solution of an issue if the standard medical approaches do not solve the problem. Then meds becomes the solution of choice which only hides the problem. This is when you need a doctor who is willing to discuss solutions/causes that are outside of his realm. No doctor can keep up with the multitude of studies, cures, etc. that are out there so if the patient has done research that suggests a possible solution a good doctor should be open to discuss and go over the research with the patient. Most doctors won't do this but there are some out there that will. Unfortunately our medical society is too much into using drugs to cure/hide the real cause of problems. Myself, I want solutions and not band aids for medical issues.
I really like how you put this. When a person has a difficult diagnosis, I find when I can find a doctor who is able to listen well (as I sometimes need to verbally process information and ask questions) it really makes a wonderful difference! I need to take time before an appointment to be prepared and I utilize emailing between appointments, also. It takes time, effort, patience and sometimes some insistence with medical facilities to get where you need to be. It can be tiring and rewarding when you find the right combination.
Has anyone had a si joint fusion. ?
Hello, @jrbuff, and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. Sounds like you may have had some experience consulting with a surgeon related to sacroiliac (SI) joint pain? If so, will you share any tips or thoughts you may have about how to get off to the best start with a specialist in that situation?
I always bring a summary of my medical history including all the information that Laurie suggested. I also list all preventive disease shots as well. I also bring a list of questions that I have.