Let’s be honest. NOBODY ‘likes’ going to the doctor. But chances are, if you’re an adult reading this, you’ve been to the doctor more than a couple of times. And you have to. Self-medication, ignoring symptoms, all these things can lead to more serious health issues. So go we must!
However, there’s a couple of things we should and shouldn’t do when we go to a doctor’s appointment—trust us. Follow these tips and make life easier for you and your physician! (And if you’re thinking about trying out phentermine for your weight loss journey, you should also check out these 10 questions to ask your doctor!)
DO go well hydrated
Being well hydrated is good for your body, period. If you’re getting any kind of blood pressure or urine testing done, being appropriately hydrated will give the most accurate results, and mild dehydration can affect the testing and provide confusing results. If you’re on a weight loss journey, you should already know about the importance of water and hydration on phentermine!
AVOID coffee, energy drinks and high-fat meals before pressure testing or blood work!
One thing is being hydrated; the other one is having your pressure results artificially affected by being jacked-up on coffee or energy drinks! Try to avoid taking them before blood pressure testing, as they can seriously affect the outcome for about an hour or so after consumption. On the same token, high-fat meals can affect the results of blood work that include measurements of cholesterol or other fats, so it’s best to avoid that kind of food from 8 to 10 hours prior to having blood drawn; doctors recommend fasting is preferable, to avoid any interference with test results.
Don’t assume the doctor is all-knowing!
Although it can be frustrating for patients (after all, they’re going to the doctor to get answers), one cannot assume the physician or medical professional being consulted is knowledgeable or aware of the latest findings in X or Y field; sadly, they’re not mind readers either. So make sure to share or inform your physician on that interesting article you saw on the newest drug on the market, or the latest research results!
…Also remember: they are human!
Yes, they went to medical school and treat patients every day, but they’re as human as you and me. That means that they have feelings too. That also means that they CAN make mistakes. Medical professionals deserve your respect, but they should also respect your input or opinions, especially if you don’t feel right about prescribed medications or suggested regimens you’ll have problems sticking with. Bottom line is: If you feel like you can’t talk to your doctor, it might be time to get a second opinion.
Very important: doctors are not there to judge you. They’re there to help you! Let them know everything that’s going on with you: do you smoke, drink or use drugs? Do you take other drugs? Do you take over the counter medicines or supplements? Disclose everything! Remember: the conversation between you and your doctor is private and privileged, and you’re there to discuss questions or concerns you might have (like asking them about a change in your phentermine pills), so make the most out of the visit.
Armed with these tips, both you and your physician should have a more enjoyable, informative and fruitful appointment! If you are a phentermine user, or are considering on becoming one, there’s also 10 questions you should ask your doctor.
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