BE YOUR OWN HEALTHCARE ADVOCATE
- Nobody knows you better than you.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Your doctor is there to help you.
- Do your research but don’t go crazy online. It’s okay to read what people are saying about certain medications, health conditions or symptoms but remember that every person is different and their story is NOT your story.
- Read, read, and read.
- If your OBGYN says you need a mammogram find out why. Do you really need one? What is recommended and are there any alternatives to mammography?
- Research any medications the doctor might want you to take. Don’t just look at one website, read, read, read.
- The most important thing is to remember that your doctor is your partner not your dictator. They are there to help you not make you sicker. If they won’t answer your questions or get mad because you are curious and need answers then maybe it’s time for a new provider.
- Don’t be afraid to get a second opinion on anything that has you concerned.
- I once took this medication that a Rheumatologist prescribed and I ended up in the Emergency Room with a racing heart rate. When I went back and told the doctor what happened she insisted that it wasn’t that medication and would like me to try it again. Needless to say, I did not see her again.
- Remember, medication doesn’t have a side effect – until it does.
- The bottom line is that you can’t blame anyone else on your health choices. If you feel sick and tired then get up and do something about it. Take charge and ownership of the beautiful body that God gave you.
DO the best you can, to BE the best you can.