Your annual check-up is an important part of maintaining overall health and well-being. Many patients, particularly those who are generally healthy, may see their primary care provider only once per year. The annual check-up is your chance to have a face-to-face and get answers to those nagging health questions you’ve been wondering about all year. To make sure that you’re getting the most out of your appointment, it makes sense to do a little preparation before the check-up. Here, a list of questions that I recommend asking at your next appointment.
Ask About Your Family History
If your family members have been diagnosed with certain conditions, such as breast cancer or diabetes, you may be more likely to be diagnosed with these as well. Share your family history at your appointment, and ask how it might impact your personal health.
Ask About Any Unusual Symptoms You’ve Been Experiencing
Not every medical condition is apparent on a physical exam, so make sure to ask about anything unusual that you’ve been experiencing, such as fatigue, weight changes, or other symptoms.
Ask About Any Screening Tests or Treatments that are Recommended
As an equal partner in your own health, it’s important to understand why certain screening tests, medications, or other tests are being recommended for you. Be sure to ask if there’s anything you’re wondering about or don’t understand.
Ask About Your Lifestyle
Many chronic diseases can be prevented with healthy lifestyle choices, such as eating well, not smoking, and getting enough exercise. Be honest when sharing your lifestyle choices, so that your healthcare provider can properly evaluate your health risks and make appropriate recommendations for healthier options, if needed.
Ask About Your Medications
Some medications can have interactions when taken together, so it’s important to let your healthcare provider know about any and all medications you’re taking—including those prescribed by other doctors, as well as any supplements or other over-the-counter medications. If there’s anything you’re not sure regarding your medications (dosing, side effects, whether you still need to be taking it), now is the time to ask.
Ask About Your Next Appointment
You may need to have a follow-up appointment before your next annual check-up, or you may need to schedule an appointment for additional testing or to see a specialist. Make sure that you have a clear timeline before you leave the office.
Remember, communication is key when it comes to your health. My office is a judgment-free zone, so don’t be afraid to speak up and ask if you have any questions. That’s what I’m here for. You can call my office at 310-360-6807 to schedule your check-up. You can also book an appointment online by clicking below.