I am begging you to get proactive when it comes to your health.
We need to stop taking what doctors tell us at face value and start getting more proactive with our health care.
Is your doctor the expert on you or are you the expert on you? I think the answer is obvious.
You know yourself far better than any doctor who spends on average 7 minutes per visit with you. We have all felt rushed and pushed aside when we go to the doctor, but it is time that ends. This is your health we are talking about and you (myself included) need to start taking a PROACTIVE role instead of being reactive and sitting on the side lines.
Do you realize that we need to be proactive about our health BEFORE we even step foot in the doctor’s office?
Here are 6 things to consider when it comes to your health pre, during and post doctor visit.
- What are YOUR goals? What do you want your quality of health and life to be? Let’s first take a step back and figure out what you actually want from your body. What do you want your health to look like in 5, 10 and 20+ years from now? Think this through and get clear on your goals.
- Listen to your body. If you feel like something is “off” do not ignore it. Go to a naturopath doctor or your regular physician to get it checked out.
- Be curious and ask questions. You only have one body and you should make it a priority so be curious, communicate and speak up and ask questions to any health care provider you visit.
- When you do go to the doctor, do your research and come prepared with questions. With the wonders of technology you can research your symptoms before the appointment. Don’t go thinking worst case scenario just become aware of what your body is telling you. Then after you speak to your doctor research again on any prescriptions or procedures they are recommending and see if they are right for you before you proceed. If need be get a second opinion.
- When your physician offers their plan of action it’s perfectly acceptable to ask for more details. Here are some example questions:
- Why is this treatment being recommended?
- What should we expect the outcome to be from this medicine or treatment?
- What things can I do at home to help improve my health and pain on my own?
- If, prescription drugs are offered immediately ask if there are alternative or natural treatment options available to try first?
- If your doctor strongly recommends prescriptions ask these follow-up questions: How long will I have to take it? What’s the main purpose of this drug? What are the side effects? How long has this drug been on the market?
Ask about the main purpose of a drug is important. For example, Cymbalta is often prescribed for fibromyalgia, but the primary use is for depression. I was prescribed this and I took it for 3 months even though I wasn’t depressed. It was supposed to help with the chronic pain I was experiencing, but the pills didn’t work. I felt like I was in a fog all the time and unable to think clearly so after I called to discuss with my doctor I stopped taking them. Every person is unique and there is absolutely a time and place for prescriptions as modern medicine has many amazing results, but my point is to ask questions and not take any drug without doing a little research.
- Follow-up. If the initial plan your doctor provided is not working or you are having side effects to any medication then call your doctor and determine a different course of action.
At the end of the day going to a doctor may be necessary so just make sure you stay curious and ask questions. However, give some serious thought to how you can take care of yourself so that you don’t have to go to the doctor in the first place other than for standard check-ups and physicals.
If we are PROACTIVE now instead of REACTIVE later think how much more joy we would all experience in our lives. I don’t know about you, but I rather travel this beautiful earth God created than to spend my hard earned money on doctor’s visits and prescriptions. Don’t get me wrong I go to the doctor when I have to, but I also make it a point to take care of myself so I don’t have to go in the future.
Even if it is something small like eating more vegetables or going for a walk outside how are you going to be proactive when it comes to your health today?