What Questions Should I Ask My Doctor?

Posted by on Sep 27, 2012 in News | 0 comments

Not everyone can reach his or her healthcare provider whenever health-related questions come up between office visits. Therefore, many of us may have numerous questions in mind and wonder what to ask during the office visit. A majority of the time, office visits are scheduled for 15 minutes or 30 minutes if a physical exam is needed. You want to get the most out of the visit and obtain helpful information on how to manage conditions that you may have. While you may be able to find information on numerous medical conditions online, some of the questions require personalized answers from your primary care provider who knows your detailed medical history.

Here are some samples questions you should ask during the office visit to your doctor, based on different chronic conditions.

If you have diabetes, you might want to ask these important questions:

  1. What time of the day should I check my blood glucose?
  2. How often should I check my blood glucose?
  3. Should I keep a record of my blood glucose when I check it at home?
  4. What is hemoglobin A1C?
  5. What medications work together with insulin (if you take insulin)?
  6. Can I adjust my own insulin (if you are on insulin)?
  7. How often should I go in for an eye exam and why?
  8. Do I need to see a foot doctor?
  9. Always tell your doctor if you are experiencing pins and needles sensation in your arms or legs and sexual dysfunction.

If you have high blood pressure, the following questions are important:

  1. What goal should I set for my blood pressure?
  2. Do I need to monitor my blood pressure at home?
  3. How often should I check my blood pressure?
  4. Where can I check my blood pressure between the office visits?

If you have high cholesterol:

  1. What goal should I set for my cholesterol?
  2. What should my LDL cholesterol be?
  3. Do I need to take statin?
  4. What can I do to lower my cholesterol?

Heart disease and stroke:

  1. Am I at risk for heart disease if one of my parents had heart attack?
  2. Do I need to take over-the-counter baby aspirin?
  3. How often do I need to get blood test for my INR (for people who are on blood thinner)?
  4. What medications do I need to avoid if I am taking nitroglycerin?
If you’re seeing a different primary care physician for the first time, you should always let him or her know about your past medical history and family history of diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and heart disease. This applies to everyone regardless of your age. In addition, you might want to inquire what screening tests are appropriate for your age.

Contributed by Christoper Pease M.D. and Patricia Hsiao M.D.
Image credit

Leave a Reply