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Behavioral Medicine Clinic

 
 

Questions to Ask Your Doctor

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It is crucial that you share with your doctor how well, or how poorly, your treatments are working. Here are some questions to consider when discussing your condition. Remember, an open, direct, and honest dialog between you and your doctor is one of the first steps to getting the treatment you need.

About My Disease or Disorder

  • What is my diagnosis?
  • What caused my condition?
  • Can my condition be treated?
  • How will this condition affect my health now and in the future?
  • Should I watch for any particular symptoms and notify you if they occur?
  • Should I make any lifestyle changes?
  • About My Treatment

  • What is the treatment for my condition?
  • When will the treatment start, and how long will it last?
  • What are the benefits of this treatment, and how successful is it likely to be?
  • What are the risks and side effects associated with this treatment?
  • Are there foods, drugs, or activities I should avoid while I’m on this treatment?
  • If my treatment includes taking a medication, what should I do if I miss a dose?
  • Are other treatments available?

    About My Tests

  • What kinds of tests will I have?
  • What do you expect to find out from these tests?
  • When will I know the results?
  • Do I have to do anything special to prepare for any of the tests?
  • Do these tests have any side effects or risks?
  • Will I need more tests later?
  • If you or someone you know is suffering from pain that medications or other therapies are not effectively controlling, the Behavioral Medicine Clinic may be able to help. Contact us online or call us at 716-898-5671 to get the help you need.