Many patients leave doctors’ offices with more questions than they brought.
As a patient, do you sometimes visit a medical doctor with baffling symptoms? You envision considerable investigation, enlightenment and resolution with your lengthy discussion. More likely than not, complex visits can leave you feeling a bit unsatisfied. With preparation and adjusted expectations, you can get on the same page as your physician.
Lower Your Expectations
Today’s medical doctors train to prescribe or refer as quickly as possible. To this end, medication is often the primary remedy in their minds—pain relievers, statins, insulin, chemotherapy, etc. Only after symptoms do not respond to medicine does a scalpel come out.
Diagnosis is secondary to symptom management. Patients who need a lengthy talk receive a psychiatrist referral. It is not an insult. It is a byproduct of the triage nature of individual consultations.