Be Your Own Advocate

Life can be overwhelming. Keeping up with everything can get stressful. Sometimes managing your medical care can be hard to deal with. Always remember you are your own best advocate.

Know Your Medications.

               Know your body and the way you react to certain drugs. Don’t be afraid to question your doctor when they prescribe new medications. Ask about side effects, ask about adverse reactions to your other medications. Also, speak to your pharmacist. Be sure you understand the proper dosing and what you need to do while taking medication, such as, take with food, avoid driving, etc.

Keep Records.

Whenever you have a test, ask for a copy. Write down dates, medications, what tests were performed, what was the outcome.

Educated Yourself.

Learn as much as possible about your condition. You can gather information from your doctor, pharmacist, educational pamphlets, etc. If researching on the internet, it pays to be skeptical until it can be verified by a professional. Don’t be afraid to get a second opinion if you do not feel your doctor is giving you the best care possible.

Write Down Your Questions.

Make a list of questions you have, no matter how silly you think they are. Be prepared for your appointments. Sometimes things happen quickly, and you leave your appointment forgetting to ask that one thing you really wanted to know.

Understand Your Insurance Benefits.

Know and understand your medical insurance, your coverage amounts, limits, deductibles, co-pays, etc. If you need help, call your insurance company and ask them questions.

You can also designate a trusted person to help you with these tasks. Wouldn’t you rather have someone think you ask to many questions, then to have no idea what’s going on with your health.  No one knows you better than you.

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