Part III: Find the Right Specialist for You
Chapter 4 of my book contains all the strategies you need to find the best doctor for you. But in addition, you’ll be looking for a physician who helps to instill confidence, hope and a sense of control over what is happening to your body. You will be participating in your medical care as an active team member regarding treatment decisions, medications, and sharing research with your doctor. It is essential for you to feel comfortable asking as many questions as you need to, reporting side effects, discussing possible alternative treatments and much more. Find a doctor who is comfortable with a take-charge patient.
Sample Questions to Ask Your Specialist
If you have a serious illness or chronic medical condition, the questions to ask your doctor are different than if you were seeing a doctor for a less serious medical issue.
You need to formulate questions before you see your specialist. Write down the answers in your medical journal. You’ll want to refer to them later and possibly discuss them with other doctors and loved ones.
Here is a list of suggested questions to ask your specialist. This list is not all-inclusive. Please refer to books on your illness or chronic medical condition to learn about additional questions to ask.
If your doctor has given you a treatment plan, you can ask the following question, “Please help me understand why this is the best treatment for me.”
You can also ask your doctor, “If this were your diagnosis, what would you do next?”