So many of us have vague symptoms, irritations, just don’t feel right, etc. that can last for years before we think something is actually wrong. This is when you hopefully find an amazing doctor who gives you a diagnosis right away. Unfortunately, many people try doctor after doctor, suffering because they don’t know where to go or what to try next.
This is where information is key.
Wherever you are on your wellness journey, search out information. Use what you learn to help you be your best advocate when speaking with your doctor or other practitioners. Look at all options–conventional medicine, diet, lifestyle, etc. These may all play a part on your personal path to wellness. Everyone is an individual with a unique set of needs.
Potential information sources are your primary care doctor, specialists, health coach, counselor, friends, online support group, and more. Other sources are records you may have initiated, such as a food and symptom journal as we discussed a couple weeks ago.
On your quest for information…
Ask questions! Keep asking them until you are satisfied with the answers and understand them. There are never too many questions. This goes for your doctor, health coach, counselor, and anyone else. Write your questions down as you think of them so you don’t forget anything when you meet.
Keep copies of your medical records. We discussed this last week. Keep that information, including test results, at your fingertips, especially if you are seeking out more than one opinion or are looking for the right practitioner. It can be difficult to transfer records from one doctor to another; this will make life easier down the road!
Knowledge is power and absolutely vital to building the best treatment plan with your team. Learn everything you can and be your own best advocate!
Thanks for stopping by for March’s deep dive into information. Next up for April’s in-depth focus – SLEEP!