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6 Tips For Getting Your Doctor to Take You Seriously

At one point in time, you or your loved one is most likely going to deal with a bad doctor. It’s, unfortunately, one of those things that happen in life and usually only happens once. While all doctors should take their patients seriously, not all of them do. Whether you’re a woman or a man, communicating your health concerns to your doctor is vital to getting the right diagnosis and treatment. If you’re struggling to do so, check out these tips for getting your doctor to take you seriously!

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Being specific is important

Sometimes, it’s not so much that your doctor isn’t taking you seriously, but maybe you’re being too vague. Sometimes, it’s as simple as getting into more details about how you’re feeling. Being specific is one of the best ways to do so. It’s also helpful if you have specific symptoms, fears, or concerns that you want to get out into the open and discuss with your doctor. 

You need to do this as it helps you convey a clear picture of what you’re trying to communicate. Using generalized language can make your message incoherent and confusing, making it difficult for your doctor to understand what you’re trying to say.

Be honest

This is already very obvious, but it’s still something that you should do. You shouldn’t pick bits and pieces to be truthful about, but instead, state the whole truth. You should be honest with your doctor about all of your symptoms, as well as your medical history. This will help them to determine a diagnosis and create a treatment plan. Sometimes, doctors will give feedback that may be perceived as negative; while it’s not ideal, just swallow your pride and be completely honest. Whether it’s a pre-abortion consultation or anything else, you just need to make sure you’re being upfront. It’s going to help you in the long run.

Patience is key

While it may be a bad pun, as a patient, you need to have patience; it’s not easy to be patient when it comes to getting your doctor to take you seriously. That’s because physicians often work long hours and may have a shifting lifestyle that doesn’t always leave them with much time to take care of their patients. That’s why it’s important to try your best to keep things in perspective and not let your emotions get the best of you. That can lead to a situation where you’re shaming your doctor instead of presenting your concerns and needs in a genuine way.

To help you stay focused on your concerns, make a list of questions ahead of time and prepare yourself for what to say when they come up. This will help you keep the focus on what’s really important to you, even if it seems like the appointment is going to run out of steam quickly.

Understand that you may need to become assertive

Sometimes, the only thing you can do is to be assertive. Assertive people are straightforward without being rude, and they understand the rights of others. They recognize everyone has their own opinion, needs, and emotional requirements – so they try to find mutually beneficial solutions. It can be very intimidating doing this, especially if you’re someone who tries to be nice all the time. But your health comes first, and if you know there’s something wrong, and nothing is getting done, then this may be what needs to be done.

Try to stay kind

Kindness can get you far, and you need to remember that sometimes that’s all you should do. Taking the time to be kind to your doctor when you visit can have big benefits. For starters, they’ll feel listened to and will be more likely to take your symptoms seriously. But understand that being kind and a pushover is not the same things. So, if you know you’re being insulted, then you should still stand up for yourself. You need to take care of your mental health, so be kind but not a doormat.

Don’t be afraid to ask for a second opinion.

A second opinion can give you more clarity and reassurance about your diagnosis or treatment plan. It can also suggest newer and more effective treatments that your doctor may not have recommended. Most doctors don’t mind patients asking for a second opinion and they will be supportive if you do ask. In the end, it’s up to you and how you want to take care of this medical situation.

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